John Wick: Chapter 2 ★★★★

Even in its slowest moments, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a very compelling film. John Wick is a very endearing protagonist, perhaps because he's almost a blank so we can project our assumptions into his motivations. In a way Chapter 2 is simpler than the first film, in that it has fewer simultaneous plot threads. I'm still not sold however on the lore of the world and the narrative contrivance of having neutral ground and such a large network of criminals. I'm here for the action and that's about it, not the complicated plotting of loyalty and betrayal within a criminal underworld. That works out fine for me though, because John Wick: Chapter 2 has some of the best gun-centric action scenes I've ever seen. I've seen some attempts to analyse depth in this film, which I find rather silly. John Wick: Chapter 2 just delivers spectacular action grounded by a few characters; it's pure cinema of its kind and that's all it needs to be to succeed.

2017 Ranked