Michael’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I will serve. I will be of service."
- The movie delivers on everything. Such a fantastic focus to make sure everything is high caliber. Each action scene throughout the entire scene is crafted to stand out from each other. It felt like they came up with different battle arenas and then wrote the script on how he gets to each one. Normally, this could be lazy, but they put so much effort into crafting their world, it ends up working. And damn, each location is great and used effectively. A weapons museum, a horse stable, bazaar in Casablanca, and the Continental and its glorious glass skull decorated room. Both the set design and costumes are exquisite.
- There are combatants from all over the world, so many different fighting styles are on display and Keanu has to react differently to them. This also helps keep each fight different and unique.
- Keanu Reeves continues to define what modern action should be and embraces Wick. Ian Mcshane lovingly chews the scenery. I love that Lance Reddick even gets to kill some motherfuckers. Laurence Fishburne continues to delight. Angelina fucking Huston still looks ravishing and knows how to wear a dress. Halle Berry is great with her attack squad of kevlar wearing Belgium Belgium Shepherds. They give her a great action scene she is just Wicking all over the place. Asia Kate Dillion is perfect for her role. Jerome Flynn looks perfect as Euro-trash. Said Taghmaoui continues to be my main man. Mark Dacascos, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecep Arif Rahman are fucking glorious as fanboy ninjas.
- CGI blood. It's a losing battle. But they actually do it rather well.
- The 2nd act drags just a bit, but the movie knows exactly how to pull you right back in.
- There are a few missing faces. John Leguizamo, Michael Patrick Kelly, Common, and Officer Jimmy. Hopefully, we will see them again.
10 out of 10 horse kicks