The original John Wick (2014) was NOT on my radar, but good buzz led me to see it and WOW! Of course I was right there opening weekend for its sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and bother reviews, via Instagram, are below.
First up, my review of the original from November 2014
REVIEW: So yeah Bonus #nfotd (#ncfotd) #JohnWick was pretty gotdamn TERRIFIC! Great RATED R violence. Remember that? Probably not. All Hollywood studios want to put out is PG-13 bullshit, but I digress. The violence wasn't violent for violence sake–ok it kinda was, but it was supremely staged and choreographed. Star #KeanuReeves proves that he still has the action chops as Wick was a lethal weapon 4reals! Much credit must be given to the #cinematographer JONATHAN SELA for achieving a great look to the film and director CHAD STAHELSKI all the expertly staged action scenes. John Wick is one of the best movies of 2014.
Next, this is what I said about the sequel
#JohnWick2 Review: Can a sequel to a #KickAssCrazy flick, 2014's #JohnWick, be any good? Hell yeah it can! Of course the film wastes no time getting to the action. From the start Wick is kicking ass and taking names.📝 This sequel though does A LOT of "world building". We get to know a lot more about the secret world of assassins ⚒🌍⚔️ and how it works. We get to know a lot more without it being redundant. It takes everything to the next level without suffering from sequelitis trying to make everything bigger and grander. Wick is still every bit the same badass, he just takes his skills on tour.🌏✈️ LOL Without saying much, Wick's bloodletting this time isn't entirely personal, more of that world building I spoke of earlier, and you get to see that he's very much about his business and if you know JOHN WICK, that business isn't sitting behind a desk.☠️😱 Great sequel and DOES NOT disappoint. If you loved the first one, you gonna love this one too!
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