Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My thoughts on John Wick: Chapter 2.

Keanu Reeves returns as the title character in "John Wick: Chapter 2." Actually, let's be honest, everyone who didn't die in the first film returns for this second installment.

I'm not going to make you sit through the rest of this love letter to find out the "big" surprise that I really liked this movie. If you enjoyed the first one, you're not going to be disappointed by this follow up. Go and check it out. It's a good time from start to finish.

There, now you know. But, then again, there were a few things that I walked away with that didn't give me that fuzzy feeling in my tummy.




For example, the level of expectation. Yes, this is something that is completely subjective, I get that. Yet, when I watched the first move, I was blown away (no pun intended) by how much I enjoyed it. I mean, to me, it felt like a new world and a new character was born right in front of my eyes. It delivered something that I did not know I wanted. That was not the case this time.

Walking into this world again, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it. Believe me, I was not disappointed. I am not exaggerating when I tell you from the opening to the ending, this movie delivers on the brand that is now "John Wick." It is just that feeling of surprise and excitement that is absent this time around.

I did find myself excited to return and experience what they had to offer, but I did not walk out of the theater with the "awe" factor that I did before. Instead, I walked out happy and content. So, you see, that's what I mean when I say that it was my level of expectation that dampened this movie a little for me. And even then, not so much so that I couldn't appreciate and enjoy what they did.

As I made reference to earlier, everyone who lived in the first film makes an appearance here in the second. Well, almost everyone. Luckily, the ones that I liked and remembered do. I was especially pleased to see a cameo by Peter Stormare right off the bat. Reeves and Stormare shared a scene in "Constantine" and seeing them together on screen again in these two roles was a nice treat. In fact, it was this "reunion" of sorts that I found more enjoyable than the over-hyped "Matrix" reunion.

Yes, Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves appear together in a movie that isn't "The Matrix." For the first time since "The Matrix." Both my nephew and I kind of agreed that it was a let down to see so little come from the hype. We were let down by the pairing of the two characters this time around based on not just the hype, but the caliber of these two actors. It was almost a waste to use Fishburne for such a trivial role. But, as they say, that's why I don't get the big bucks.

There you have it folks, that's all I have to say on the matter. Aside from those things, it was a movie exactly like it advertises itself to be. From start to finish you are once again in the world of "John Wick" and you root for him. My word, how you will root for him. So if this is your cup of tea, you will not be disappointed. Plus, you have to see this one if the third one is going to make any sense. Boom.