John Wick 2
B movies during Hollywood's classic studio years:
- major studio "programmers"
- major studio B's
- smaller company B's
- quickies of Poverty Row
John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017, Chad Stahelski) is a great B movie. You go for death-defying cartoon action with vintage muscle car chases, guns, knifes, and fights. Its setting is a fictional modern world where everyone is a bounty hunter and everyone knows John Wick's name. Dialogue is kept to a minimum, especially exposition and backstory. Better than a plot, just remember the rules: gold coins are currency/if you take out a marker you should honor it or die/no killing in the hotel.
If anything I feel like John Wick: Chapter 2 is like a solid anime with the pulp crime subject matter involving trained assassins in visually striking urban compositions in a nonstop sense of heightened reality playing up the danger in a fun stylish hardboiled way.
But you know, it's all just a reason for as much action as they can cram in. I admire when a movie nails genre. And I admire a great B movie.
Labels: 2017 Movie