JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 (2017) Grade C
Rating R for Graphic Violence Throught
Length 122 Minutes
“BLOODY STYLE OVER BLOODY SUBSTANCE”
I loved JOHN WICK (2014). So did my film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote this in his review three years ago: “Dazzling action choreography; and a vintage anti-hero performance from Keanu Reeves”.
Although there is strong artistic values to be found in CHAPTER TWO, I left the theater with a cold feeling of disappointment. I still love Keanu Reeves. I wish he would make more movies. He returns in this JOHN WICK again as an assassin who reluctantly is drawn out of retirement, being taken away from his dog and his house filled with photos and memories of his late wife.
What I didn’t like was returning director Chad Stahelski has made a film where more is less. Far too many stylized killings, in what almost seems like non-stop carnage. The locations in Rome are spectacular. The constant flow of blood is brutal. And despite watching the interaction between Reeves and Ian McShane, as well as with Laurence Fishburne, I cannot rate CHAPTER TWO more than a C.