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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 | Film Review

“People keep asking if I’m back and I haven’t really had an answer, but yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.”

RELEASED: October 24th 2014
DIRECTED BY: Chad Stahelski
WRITTEN BY: Derek Kolstad
PRODUCED BY: Basil Iwanyk & Erica Lee
MUSIC BY: Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard
STARRING: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Serafinowicz, Peter Stormare & Franco Nero

Unlike John Wick: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 seems to be just as good as I remember it being. While I will admit that some action sequences are better in the first movie, as a whole, the quality of the second film remains consistently high across all fronts.

For one, the action sequences are more bountiful and varied – you have car action, hand-to-hand action, gunfights, pencil fights, knife fights; the whole shebang. All of it is excellently choreographed, and while there are some action sequences that feel slightly repetitive; I suppose it makes sense that a dedicated assassin would have his go-to movies.

Chapter 2 opens with John Wick finally tracking down his car from the first movie, and finishing off the rest of his Russian rival’s forces. However, after inflicting so much carnage, John gets a visit from an Italian crimelord whom he owes a favour, and who has come to collect now that John is seemingly back in the game. Forced to take on a job he doesn’t want to do – one that will have dire consequences – John must once more take a whole lot of lives so that he can return to retirement.

The main problem with the first film was perhaps the script. Fortunately, the script for Chapter 2 seems to have improved greatly, despite being written by the same man, John Wick creator Derek Kolstad. Here, the dialogue is less awkward and more flowing, and John gets to develop his personality a bit more. The world he inhabits is further fleshed out, and the result is a fascinating and different action film to those that have come before. Whereas Chapter 1 had hints of this, it mostly centred in on the tired ‘practised killer, out for revenge after the death of a loved one’ trope, and while, of course, that can be done right, Chapter 1 just hit the same beats and relied heavily on its action spectacle.

Chapter 2 manages to create its own world that’s worth exploring, with interesting characters and an interesting plot and then heaping Stahelski’s excellent action back on top.

There are some great performances here; Common, I think, being the highlight for me, and Ian McShane’s Winston once again standing above the rest. Reeve’s Wick is less hammy this time around and feels more genuinely burdened as a result.

I’m not sure what exactly has changed here, seeing as Chapter 1 co-director David Leitch wasn’t credited on the first film and didn’t contribute to directorial duties at all on the second film, but his disappearance seems to make all the difference. Furthermore, if you look to his projects post-Wick (Deadpool 2), one can’t help but wonder if he was dragging the project down slightly.

Anyway, I give John Wick: Chapter 2:

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Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP | Film Review

RELEASED: July 6th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Peyton Reed
WRITTEN BY: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari & Paul Rudd
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige & Stephen Broussard
MUSIC BY: Christophe Beck
STARRING:
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortsen, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne & Michelle Pfieffer

Hilarious. Innovative. Exciting. These are words I would expect to be using to describe an Ant-Man sequel free of the constraints laid upon it by a change of director a long way into the development process, and an Ant-Man sequel coming eight films later in the monumental Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Unfortunately, the reality is that a lot of this film is flat, disjointed and oft times only mildly amusing.

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Posted by on August 13, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE | Film Review

RELEASED: March 25th 2016
DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder
WRITTEN BY: Chris Terrio & David S. Goyer
PRODUCED BY: Charles Roven & Deborah Snyder
MUSIC BY: Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne & Holly Hunter

What if Batman was real?

A figure so traumatised by a childhood event that he dresses up as a devilish creature and administers his own brand of ‘justice’ to those he feels deserves it. He would be brutal, unrelenting and focused; he would have a complete disregard for the lives of those he pursues.

This is definitely the case in this milestone superhero movie epic. Batman takes down criminals with a brutality akin to his fighting style in the Arkham games; his fight choreography is both beautiful and harsh. It works well, until the film gets to its titular battle, at which point all that brutality is focused on Superman. At which point you’re once again reminded just what you’re watching: Something unpleasant.

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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in DC

 

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MAN OF STEEL | Blu-Ray Review

RELEASED: June 14th 2013
DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder
WRITTEN BY: David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan
PRODUCED BY: Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas & Deborah Snyder
MUSIC BY: Hans Zimmer
STARRING: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane & Laurence Fishburne

I remember when this film came out, I had no real interest in seeing it. I wasn’t really all that big on Superman, and much preferred the heroes over at Marvel, and the films that had begun spinning out of their series. An exception, of course, was Batman, and as such I had loved The Dark Knight series (there was a point during my teenage years where I would even watch Dark Knight every Saturday evening after bringing food home from the takeaway I worked at).

But then my friends invited me along to see it, and I instantly fell in love. And not only did I fall in love with the film, but I also began to fall in love with the character of Superman.

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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in DC

 

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