Jacob Martin (formally known as The Movie King)’s review published on Letterboxd:
John Wick: Chapter 2 left some heavy shoes to fill after the overwhelming surprise acclaim of the original. I was excited to see it after finally watching and loving the original, so how does this sequel turn out? Well, it doesn't top the original John Wick (I kind of figured that going in), but I still highly enjoyed myself nonetheless.
This sequel follows Keanu Reeves' John Wick character as he yet again goes out of retirement to repay a debt from an old associate of his. Yeah, the reasoning for going back is nowhere as compelling as the last one, but at least this associate dude does something rash to get John Wick going.
And that's what I have to give this follow-up credit for, and that it does a good job at further expanding on all that follows in John Wick's world, the rules that he must follow and the consequences that comes if he breaks them. Keanu Reeves continues to excel as a flawed man who still really doesn't want to be there but has no other option, the action is beautifully filmed bloody art, and I loved the stuntwork here. Seeing John Wick go after a sumo wrester especially just made my day in the cinema. That plus seeing Keanu reunite with Laurence Fishburne. What a great moment!
The real villain of the film is a worthy foe to the John Wick character, the cinematography is top-notch (a sequence in an art museum gave me shudders of excitement throughout), and the film ends on a positive note that leaves me hopeful and optimistic that there will at least be a third (and hopefully final) installment to the John Wick legacy. Sure they could just sell out, but my gosh, I really want more John Wick action.
These films are great fun.....
"Somebody please get this man a gun!"