Tuesday, March 14, 2017

John Wick 2

B movies during Hollywood's classic studio years:

  1. major studio "programmers"
  2. major studio B's
  3. smaller company B's
  4. 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. 

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Blogger Sam said...

Damn straight.

1:13 PM  

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