When discussing John Wick: Chapter 2, it’s important to consider what made the first film so successful. The original John Wick was a breakout hit in 2014, thanks in large part to its simplistic yet effective storyline, stunning visuals, and tight, well-choreographed action scenes. The film quickly became a cult classic, earning a reputation as one of the best action movies in recent memory.
With the sequel, director Chad Stahelski faced the difficult task of trying to build on that success while still staying true to the original. Some fans might argue that he succeeded, while others might say that he fell short.
One of the biggest differences between the two films is the storyline. While the first film was relatively straightforward – a retired hitman seeks revenge after the death of his dog – the sequel is a bit more convoluted. It’s divided into four distinct parts, each with its own set of characters and conflicts.
Some viewers might find this approach to be overly complicated, and miss the simplicity of the original. However, others might appreciate the expanded world-building and character development that comes with a more complex storyline.
Another key difference between the two films is the level of humour. While the original John Wick had its moments of levity, the sequel amps up the comedy considerably. This is largely thanks to the chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Common, who share a number of hilarious scenes together.
Overall, while opinions on John Wick: Chapter 2 may vary, it’s hard to deny that the film is an impressive follow-up to the original. The action scenes are just as breathtaking as before, the visuals are stunning, and the commitment of the cast and crew to their vision is evident in every frame. And of course, Keanu Reeves continues to prove that he’s one of the most charismatic and talented action stars working today.
Forget Neo, forget Ted. Keanu Reeves will forever and always be John Wick.
John Wick:Chapter Two is out in the UK 17th February 2017.