First, let’s be clear, John Wick series of movies is a lot of things. It’s excellent fighting choreography, brutal deaths, an orgasm of male testosterone wish fulfillment. That isn’t bad, I absolutely love it for what it is, a great revenge thriller, Keanu Reeves delivers an excellent badass air to himself. It has a lot of great supporting actors including Ian McShane as the Manager, Common is great as a foil for Keanu and even Ruby Rose, whom I dislike a lot as an actress fits in it.
The best part about it, is it stays in its lane. It doesn’t try to be more than what it is and because of that it scratches that itch of an up-powered action flick that has a lot in common with the 80s revenge movies. I will see these as long as they keep coming out.
I was surprised that Keanu, who recently turned 52, can do the part. There is no doubt in his performance that he plays the person perfectly. I was surprised that I didn’t want to tear my ears out with Ruby Rose’s character. They were smart, they had her play a mute, used her looks as an attractive assassin. The only part about her I didn’t like was the portrayal that she is a badass, sorry I didn’t buy that for a second… then again I think it was reflected in her last fight scene so maybe the writers had judged correctly as well. The rest of the cast were great too, no complaints.
The thing I liked most about the sequel was its subtle expansion of the world of assassins. I won’t go into depth as I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, but the movie unwrapped a small slice more of the world, making it feel deeper and more real (well as real as wish fulfillment fiction can be).
Oh, and I really liked that they didn’t repeat the same plot devices they used in the first (that is the only semi-spoilerish thing I will say).
The good: great action with lots of choreography, gun porn, and Keanu just rocked it.
The bad: could we please stop with “how cool” Ruby Rose is already?