John Wick Chapter 2
Or, more accurately: John Wick: Sequel Not Needed.
This started out OK, had some excellent shoot-out sequences, but it ended as a pile of shite.
One problem is the trailers give you a picture of the film that the film itself never matches up to - I’m hard pressed to recall such a difference between the promotion of a product and the product itself e.g. Fishburne was little more than a cameo.
The shoot-out sequences were good but lack the shock ‘n’ awe of the first film because, as has been said, the audience knows this is what John does now. Although, as they went on, these sequences became akin to Uncharted fights, in that there seemed an infinite number of Fearless Goons, who then got killed, more turned up, they got killed. Then John encounters a Boss character who has immunity to head shots, thus big punch-up.
Despite its flaws, I enjoyed it up to the final section, which is where it went off the rails, but those rails had been set early on with the supposed rules of the assassin’s world. This is also where a shift between the two films can be seen - in the second, fucking over the Continental’s rules equals exile, in the first it meant death, quick, brutal, instant. Don’t think there was any mention of the High Table either.
The other element that killed it for me were the sheer number of assassins and that they all knew where Wick was. Short of planting a GPS tracker on him, there’s no way to make that work plausibly. I didn’t care for the idea of debunking John’s ‘impossible task’, though the deaths by pencil were neat.
Apparently there will be a John Wick 3, but I can’t say I’ll care much about it now.
The best bit? Easy - the section with the tailor and ‘sommelier’.