Sunday, February 26, 2017

John Wick Chapter 2 kicks you know what

Movie Title:    John Wick Chapter 2

Grade:  A-

Rating: R, 122 minutes of non-stop action and violence

In a Nutshell:  Revenge.  Huge body count.  Cool guns. Lots of violence.  Welcome back John Wick.

If you liked the first one, you'll love the sequel.  You can tell it's directed by a stuntman, Chad Stahelski. It's a master class in hand-to-hand combat. A movie critic from the Quad City Times described the stylish, slick film as a “ballet of violence.”  Well said.

Uplifting theme: 
  • Persistence, tenacity
  • Honor

Things I liked:
  • Cool intro scene with motorcycle image on the façade of the building.
  • Rome!  I absolutely love Italy.
  • At times, there are subtitles, but I have to say they’re very stylish ones.
  • Common does a great job as Cassian.
  • The legend says John Wick killed 3 guys with a pencil.  You finally get to see that skill play out in this sequel.
  • The film actually ties up loose ends from the first movie.
  • Fans will be happy to see a cliff-hanger that assures another installment in this franchise.
  • The trailer doesn’t reveal much of the story.  Thank you.
  • Keanu Reeves does 95% of his own stuntman.  Check out some of the many impressive Keanu Reeves videos on YouTube that show how he trained for both John Wick movies.
  • You get to learn more about the criminal “organization” and its underground world.  I thought the telephone operators with all the tattoos were hilarious. 

Things I didn’t like:
  • Some of the scenes take place in dark catacombs, so this film will be hard to watch on a computer screen when it comes out on DVD.
  • It’s ridiculous how many fight scenes there are in large crowds, yet the people around hardly bat an eye, let alone move out of the way or scream.
  • John Wick has an excellent aim, yet so many of the other professionals keep missing their shots.

Interesting lines:
  • “I’m not that guy anymore.” – John (Keanu Reeves)
“You’re always that guy, John.” – Santino D’Antonio
  • “Rules.” – John
“Rules.  Without them, we’re like the animals.” – Winston (Ian McShane)
  • “So, you have a choice.  You want a war or do you just want to give me a gun?” – John
  • “Remember, you owe me.” – Bowery King
“You don’t want me owing you.” - John

 Funny lines:
  • “Does he have a name, Sir?” – Charon (Lance Reddick) asking about John's dog.
“No.” – John
  • “Never one to waste words.” – Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)
  • “I’d like a tasting.” – John (as he tests out various weapons)
  • “And the lining?” – tailor
“Tactical.” – John
  • “I’ll make it quick.” – Cassian
“I’d appreciate that.  I’ll try to do the same.” – John
  • “7 million!  It’s Christmas!  We going to Applebee’s after this.” – Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne)  It was fun seeing Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in some scenes together again after the Matrix 
Tips for parents: 
  • This is very, very violent, as expected.
  • Lots of blood and head shots.
  • F-bombs and other profanity.

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