John Wick: Chapter 2 left my expectations in it’s wake as it gave me so much more than I thought I wanted. The first film was very lean with it’s presentation, giving us peaks into a bigger world. Chapter 2 begins to build out, and a the world previously hinted at is very interesting indeed. But there’s a something bigger. Attention to detail.
An interrupted reload prompting a switch in weapon. Taking the time to put an ammo belt on. Making sure your dog is well trained and cared for. At best these things would be glossed over or part of a montage. But to John Wick, and me, they’re moments that cement this as a franchise I’d love to see more of.
Once again I’m not fully enamoured with the main villain, but again there are enough colourful characters to balance it out. High points are Common’s fellow Assassin and Ian McShane, returning as the the owner of the New York Continental. ‘Excommunicado’ is a very cool word indeed.
John Wick: Chapter 2 gives us a cinematic COD player on an epic kill streak in a film that pleases me on many levels.
My review for the first film.