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First things first: [Click here to spoil yourself about the fate of the canine character in this movie.]John's dog survives the movie without injury!

Under the cut, please find a HUGELY SPOILERY poll about John Wick: Chapter 2.



Poll #2063352 John Wick: Chapter 2

The marker that Winston gives John at the end of the movie is . . .

the one John honored during the movie.
0(0.0%)
one obligating himself to John (so that John might call upon him for help).
0(0.0%)
an empty one so that John might obligate himself to someone powerful in exchange for that person's help.
2(100.0%)

Gianna . . .

died like a boss.
0(0.0%)
died like a Shakespearean queen.
0(0.0%)
died like a mother-fuckin' empress.
2(100.0%)

John's nameless dog does have a name, damn it! It's Good Dog.

Agreed!
2(100.0%)
Disagreed.
0(0.0%)
I want to agree, but I'm going to wait and see (he's still a good dog, though).
0(0.0%)

Charon's prolly scary as fuck when he's not on the front desk at the Continental.

Agreed.
1(20.0%)
Disagreed.
0(0.0%)
Charon's prolly always scary as fuck, but professionalism dictates that he hide it.
2(40.0%)
Charon has a lovely garden and blends his own tea when he's not on duty.
2(40.0%)

Winston is John's father.

Agreed!
1(50.0%)
Disagreed.
0(0.0%)
WtF, Iuls?!
0(0.0%)
Perhaps he's John's spiritual father?
1(50.0%)
Nah, John's just a favorite of his (but not in the way that he was an unrequited favorite of Marcus').
0(0.0%)


I am someone who skips over the action scenes in books and doesn't particularly give a shit about such movies, but the Wickverse intrigues me. I find myself wanting to know about John's mother—no, there's nothing about her in this movie—was the car hers? Is Mama Wick why Winston *coughsI'mmakingthisupcoughs* won't fuck guests of the Continental anymore? And was Helen an innocent (with a bitchin' car?), or perhaps an assassin (with a bitchin' car?) who knew enough to get out?

All that said, while I did appreciate Chapter 2 (it spawned a hell of a lot more questions and headcanon than I've shared), the unrelenting violence did begin to feel, ever so briefly at points, dragging to me—but again, I usually tune out the violent bits, so the fact that I'm as intrigued as I am about the movie is a good sign that you will freakin' love it if you like action fare.

Here's something (potentially not WS for the violence) for those of you who haven't yet caught Wick 2 (spoilers for the first movie; AU):

Comments

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eoforyth
Feb. 21st, 2017 12:18 am (UTC)
Can I just add a comment here; Who/what is John Wick?

I'm off to crawl back under a stone somewhere :P
iulia_linnea
Feb. 21st, 2017 12:34 am (UTC)
It's an action movie starring Keanu Reeves (pure revenge violence, the first one).

Edited at 2017-02-21 12:36 am (UTC)
jedibuttercup
Feb. 21st, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
The movie felt extremely 'this is part 2 of a trilogy!' to me; they embroidered the world a lot but didn't really explain too much.

It also gave me belated questions about what exactly the Russian guy's status was in the first movie, that John had to do his requested task to 'get out' of the biz. Why him? Why was that the only task John could do, to the extent that he even gave a marker to that other guy? Given how much the world expanded and how well known he appears to be everywhere ... was he like, under contract, or did it have to do with the fact that he and the wife were going to settle in that territory? I felt like I missed something?

Other than that: yes, very violent, but also lovely and stylish compared to your average action flick. Oh, and I was bemused and pleased by the nonspeaking assassin; I kind of wanted her story, but also loved that it was just casually a part of her character, nothing to do with the plot other than adding yet another language to the movie.
iulia_linnea
Feb. 21st, 2017 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! To me, too. Honestly, I was annoyed at some of John's decisions until I realized that it was really one big story in however many parts and that not a lot of time had passed since the end of the first movie. (I really want Chapter 3 to begin where we left off, but Shog doesn't think that it will.) I'm putting some decisions about characterization on hold until the third movie and trying to allow for exhaustion as a motivation.

My feeling is that the favor was to do with removing a shitload of competition, and that John was, as Bogeyman and best of the best, the most efficient, qualified person to do the deed. I don't think there was a contract; the markers are kept separately. That's why Gianna's brother called in the marker; he didn't want anyone to know that he'd ordered her killed.

Yeah, it was gorgeously shot *coughs* and choreographed, and I really liked Ares. I'd love to know her backstory. There should be comics of these movies!
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