Moving forward on the John Wick series we tackle the sequel titled Chapter 2. Keanu reprises his role with some newcomers including Ruby Rose, Common and Laurence Fishburne. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: Bound by an inescapable blood debt to the Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio, and with his precious 1969 Mustang still stolen, John Wick–the taciturn and pitiless assassin who thirsts for seclusion–is forced to visit Italy to honor his promise. But, soon, the Bogeyman will find himself dragged into an impossible task in the heart of Rome’s secret criminal society, as every killer in the business dreams of cornering the legendary Wick who now has an enormous price on his head. Drenched in blood and mercilessly hunted down, John Wick can surely forget a peaceful retirement as no one can make it out in one piece.
I am utterly astounded that this movie is loved by many. I think this is a ridiculous film, let me explain; at least the first one there was a reason for Wick to go nuts, albeit minor as I stated on the podcast, on this one he is forced back into the business and all the shenanigans begin. He does his duty then gets a bounty on his head AGAIN, and of course the silly gun battles and sad martial arts begin. It’s never-ending and I believe a film like this should have some level of realism, and this series has none of that. It’s so bizarre they shoehorn in this underground belly of society and try to take a serious tone, yet these rules are broken all the time. I really feel this series is a farce, it is so emotionally detached and the fights are compulsively staged it takes all the fun out of it for me. There are a few positives here; the car chase scenes are outstanding, the editing and film cuts work and the sound is good, albeit they played the theme song WAY too much in this movie. I will indulge more on the coloring and cinematography in the 4K section. Overall this is a dud and I am NOT looking forward to Part 3!
I’m sorry to say this is a lesser movie. I still love John Wick’s style, but this installment lacks what the first one primarily has: a motivation coming from the heart. The fight scenes are still good, the cinematography is great, not to mention the lighting. However, I wasn’t a big fan of the story. It seemed somehow forced. The sound is really good, but I think they overdid the John Wick theme a bit. All in all, it’s still a decent movie, but I’m really hoping part 3 is better.
4K Disc Quality:
You just read my scathing movie review, now is the time for pure bliss! This 4K Disc has astounding visuals, pure demo-worthy material. There are so many highlights here I will name a few. There are a TON of bright white lights here with flashlights, neon lights and bright white rooms. Have you ever seen white pop off the screen? Well…here it does in gorgeous fashion. There is another 15 minute scene dealing with mirrors and every bright color known to man, it looks absolutely stunning! In addition, much of the cinematography and wide range shots are incredibly beautiful, and as a man I don’t use the word beautiful to often. The sound is on par with the original, gun battles ricochet around the room. Very good sound effects in general, but the ultra deep bass was lacking along with the overuse of the theme song. If this movie is your cup of tea then you MUST by the 4K Blu-ray because it is extraordinary!
The 4K presentation is as good as the first one. It’s neat and crisp. The black levels are super dark, and the colors shine through beautifully. The lighting is clever and well done, although I don’t think there’s as much color as in the first film. The sound is overall great, with fight scenes you hear all around you and dialogue that never gets lost. If you enjoy this movie, it’s definitely worthy of the 4K upgrade.
Breakdown of “John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)“
|BillChete: 3 (Avoid)||Lady Phantom: 5 (Rental)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: A (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: B+ (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade