Todd Gaines’s review published on Letterboxd:
The characters in the John Wick Cinematic Universe live in their own little world. They have their own code, currency, language and plenty of 5 star hotels to stay in. Everyone is connected. Every single person is a player in a giant game of chess. We don't see outsiders. Cops don't investigate. Damsels aren't in distress. Innocents don't get caught in the crossfire. It's like John Wick and the Gang are shadows living in an open world. Now, it's Chapter 2 in the life of John Wick, and if you can believe it, it's the best chapter yet!
My MVP's are Keanu, Chad Stahelski and Tyler Bates. Keanu is insane. He's shooting, petting his pooch, bare knuckle brawling and pencil fighting. Keanu Reeves was born to play John Wick! Director, Chad Stahelski knows gunplay. John Wick 2 has the most outstanding gunfights since John Woo's Hard Boiled. Nothing is shaky. Every scene is filmed with delicate care. With Chad's background in stunts, he makes sure all the shots are money shots. You can't tell when it's the actor, and went it's a stunt person. That's how you film action! Tyler Bates' musical score has one of those musical beats you're steadily nodding your head to. The heavy guitar riffs and the percussion beats are perfect shoot a motherfucker music.
The supporting cast is of course highlighted by Ian McShane and Lance Reddick. They're 2 very important pieces of the John Wick puzzle. It was a smart move making Ruby Rose a mute. It makes her more mysterious. By far, she's less annoying than Adrianne Palicki from Part 1. The bad guys don't stand out, but in all honesty, it's kinda hard to steal any scene from Keanu, when he's fuckin' motherfuckers up left and right like he's playing COD with a Game Genie infinite life code.
John Wick 2 doesn't tug at your heart like its predecessor. That's okay. It doesn't have to. It's 2 hours of shooting, shooting, shooting, shooting and more shooting. I think it's an overall more enjoyable movie than the original. Both movies are amazing. They're two of the best American action movies of the decade. Hell, maybe ever?
You love action? I can pretty much guarantee you will enjoy this flick!!