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...streaming this week.
Better than the original.
He kills at least twice as many bad guys.
The art direction is brilliant.
Again, not too much plot to get in the way of the action.
Highly recommended if you like this kind of stuff - a classic.
Edits: 06/16/17Follow Ups:
Although John Wick Two was a very good sequel I still felt the first John Wick film was superior.
One reason is Viggo was a far more interesting character then Santino - who to me never felt like Wick's equal.
And the mute character Aris played by Ruby Rose was a major disappointment. I felt that there was a conflict brewing the entire film and when it finally happened -John Wick just kicked her tiny ass into the middle of next week...
And maybe it's me - I found the whole Lawrence Fishburne character Bowery King a bit ridiculous, even in the context of a John Wick film. They pose as homeless folks? Part of the charm of the Wick series is the high fashion, the three piece suits, the mysterious currency, the hotel etc etc and elegance of their world.
But again, I liked it and the suicide in the bathtub was amazing- I just didn't think John Wick 2 was perfect...and the first John Wick is perfect.
ok. I rented it thanks to positive posts in this thread.
Without doing any web searches, I get the feeling that this movie is a live action of a graphic novel. but then I did a web search and the answer to my question is: Not So. It is just choreographed and written that way.
But now there is, apparently, a graphic novel (comic book) based on the movie franchise. Somebody must be gaining some wealth on this one.
This society of assassins. Does the phrase "far fetched" apply? It might, depending on my mood. Depending upon what I ate before viewing. Would whiskey help? Etc.
Fighting choreography. So it appears that Reeves did some of his own stunt work and in other scenes there was a stand-in stunt guy. I found myself studying and judging this aspect during this first viewing. Hmmm Not as artful, I thought, as have been the fighting sequences in previous movies like "The Matrix". Less cgi, more reality in the fight, I guess.
Plot? Well it seems that Wick's favorite car was trashed. His cool house was destroyed. And he killed his marker holder...a very strict taboo. This must lead in to the next movie, I presume. Motive, such as it is.
Other notes: As Reeves arrives into his middle years of life, his facial details seem to adapt well toward characters bent upon revenge, or, otherwise, characters that dwell within the dark side. Unseen worlds like this one.
For this viewing it left me kind of....meh. Next Wick movie, definitely, I'll try some Bourbon. That should help. I guess this means that I'll likely watch that too. Once probably.
> Not as artful?>
The fighting perhaps, but with the artsy sets this is one of the most spectacular looking films I've seen recently.
I'll have to think about it more. But would that involve another viewing? 'Could be if I don't have anything more important to do. ;-)
I enjoy both films. The first was excellent and set the pace for the second, imo. A third film would be great- I would like it to be a pre-quell of sorts. Specifically, I would like to see the how, why of JW beginnings as a hitman.
Wick's words were sparse, carefully measured, and always set up with that silent stare. Viewers are sitting there waiting for the comment, then what? That's it? Excellent.
He's bringing head shots back into style.
I liked the first one, to my surprise-
The sound effects were great, and I especially liked that he let the older British guy
"Take the night off" instead off killing him.
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