I only recently watched the original John Wick, which I had heard nothing but great things about for over two years. It's a good, pulpy action movie, schlocky trash elevated to a different level thanks to the steady direction of Stahelski and David Leitch, the icy charisma of Reeves, and the brutally stylish action scenes that almost feel balletic at times. Chapter Two looks to give us more of the same, and I'm more than okay with that. Not only have the filmmakers created a terrific character with John Wick, but they've created a universe that is fascinating and unique and a pure blast of fun. The addition of Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, and Common to the franchise feels perfect, and the operatic bursts of gory violence on display in this trailer look right on target for Mr. Wick. I don't have super high expectations for this film- after all, despite all of the hype and geek frenzy over the original, it's only a solid slice of gleefully violent pulp. But with all the pieces in place, I know that Chapter Two will deliver the goods.
John Wick will fight his way back into theaters on February 10, 2017.
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