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Puttin' The Funk in the Final Frontier
Puttin' The Funk in the Final Frontier

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GSB Film Review: #JohnWickChapter2 This film does what a good sequel should do - continue the story and expand the world. We get a closer view of John Wick's universe with more locations and even more interesting characters to meet.

Promoters of the film talked about Keanu practicing his stunts for 4 months before shooting and it showed. His fighting and gun sequences were spot on, and I believe even better than in the first film. And Common must have been practicing along with Keanu for much of that time. His character Cassian was a perfect match for Wick and their fights were highlights of the story. They were greatly choreographed with hands, guns and knives being thrown all at once. John Wick introduces a new kind of cool almost combining the essence of Japanese and Italian gangster films with slice of fantasy that would exist in some hidden corner of a classic James Bond.

Cinematography and directing were beautiful. The scenes and locations were very well stylized, with lights and backgrounds that accented the drama or action of the moment. I felt like I was watching a third person shooter game wrapped in a graphic novel wrapped in a film. Even the camera work for the fights were choreographed in sync with the movements; something mostly seen in Asian martial arts films. The fact that director Chad Stahelski doesn't have many films under his belt speaks to his experience as a long time martial artist and stuntman.

Diversity works when everyone is not a stereotype. In Wick, men and women of all backgrounds were simply deadly assassins, or powerful men and women with people that supported them. Common was a cool Italian speaking trained killer in a tailored suit, and Ruby Rose was a second-in-command high level gangster who happened to be mute if not deaf also. Now that I think about it, lots of women were hanging on the same level as the guys in the background as well. Black, Asian and Caucasian women all looked like important parts of this underground society.

The beauty of the world of Wick is that it was everywhere in ways that you least expected it. Right under the noses of ordinary people was an interlaced network of killers just blending in, working on their next job. This is exactly what I was hoping for after watching the first movie a few years ago.

The only criticism I have for this film is that it didn't have the emotional thread of the first one, which helped to sell Wick's motivations to the audience. The second critique is that the story devolved into a hitman caught between a rock and a hard place. We've all seen that kind of film before, from The Professional to many others. But because of all involved, John Wick Chapter 2 puts a fresh look on a basic premise.

Geek Soul Brother gives this film 4 out of 5 COSMIC AFROS.
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