Benz Eye View: John Wick: Chapter 2

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Pros: 

1.) If you think about it, the story and world of this film series is absolutely ridiculous, and it embraces it proudly.  Keep in mind that there is a difference between ridiculousness and stupidity.  Ridiculousness is over-the-top in areas that will most likely never happen (i.e. the Marvel Cinematic Universe), while stupidity is mindless and dumb (i.e. comedies/spoofs).  John Wick is ridiculous, and it knows it.  People will easily buy into its world.

2.) There are many things that the film does not explain, but rather implies.  Like how the last film shows that John Wick is a force to be reckoned with so many assassins fearing him, the sequel also implies many things (though not as much).  In the visual medium, “show, don’t tell” is important, and they did well here.

3.) If you are wondering if the action scenes are as great as the last film, it certainly is.  Little to no shaky cam, medium to wide shots, and coordinated fight scenes create great action scenes that people can actually see…

 

Cons: 

1.) …There is one slight exception in the action scenes, and it takes place in a dark area with little lighting.  It is not terribly dark enough to not see what is happening, but it would be better to see what is really happening instead of the little lighting and the gun shots show what little there is to see.

2.) There are a few shots in the film that are obviously in front of a green screen.  When I mean obvious, I mean PAINFULLY obvious to a point that even someone who has no knowledge of green screens will wonder what is wrong with the background.

3.) There is one scene that takes place in some kind of mirror maze.  In writing, this makes it a good and tense action scene.  In terms of image, it is kind of disorienting for the eyes.  There are plenty of moments I cannot tell who is the real person or a reflection.  Good idea on paper, but it needs a better execution.

 

Overall: 

The first John Wick back in 2014 was a surprising action film that was so much fun, and made Keanu Reeves popular again since The Matrix Trilogy.  With its sequel, it retains much fun as its original.  I do not really have much more to say about this film.  It may not do anything new, but that is not what is aiming to be: an absolute thrill to watch, and makes great action that we can actually see awesome and painful.  Take note every movie that uses shaky cam to hide their poor excuse of action.

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I’m looking at you, Assassin’s Creed.

8/10

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