Here’s the important thing about John Wick: Chapter 2. It’s a grim, brutal, airless action film full of doggy reaction shots. The original 2014 John Wick was a surprise hit about an unstoppable assassin who’s dragged out of retirement for a few dozen. More murders after a highly placed criminal thug kills his puppy.
John Wick: Chapter 2 lets John retire from assassin life again. Then drags him unwillingly back in, which means more kinetic, whirling fight scenes, more shudder-inducing improvised weapons. And especially more people getting shot in the face at point-blank range.