John Wick: Chapter 2

Welcome to a Special Edition of “Thursday Night at the Movies with The Movie Warrior”

I am often leery about second installments of a movie whose first installment was surprisingly good. I did not think that “John Wick: Chapter 2” could improve on its 2014 debut, but I stand corrected. As action/drama movies go, “John Wick: Chapter 2” is awesome!

“John Wick: Chapter 2” has an excellent lead in and it reminds you of what transpired in the first installment. John (Keanu Reeves) wants desperately to retire, but after only being home for a couple of days a former associate from his past comes knocking at his door. At first John refuses the assignment that is offered, but the associate who visits him refuses to take no for an answer. Since John said “No”, the associate exacts revenge and destroys John’s house which leaves him homeless. Now John has no choice but to find out what the assignment is and go execute it. The story unfolds from there…

The action is awesome and intense. The events are non-stop. There is a ton of suspense and intrigue. Keanu Reeves is in great shape for his role as John Wick. There were many awesome fight scenes. The only draw-back is the dialog. If you are interested in a movie that has a lot of dialog, you will not be happy with “John Wick: Chapter 2”. The dialog is minimal, but is enough to get the job done.

All in all “John Wick: Chapter 2” is definitely worth the ticket.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Wild

“Wild” is another one of those movies that wasn’t on my “Watch List”. This movie opened in limited release several weeks ago and has slowly made its way into the top ten.

“Wild” is not for everyone, but if you have recently had some challenges in your life such as a failed marriage, or you have lost a loved one, then “Wild” is your movie.

Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl, a woman who has lost her Mother to cancer and her marriage has ended. To try and eradicate the pain and anguish that she is feeling over the lost of her Mother and her failed marriage, Cheryl decides to hike more than 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. This movie shows the past trials, tribulations, heartache, pain and in the present the healing that Cheryl endures on this hike. The story unfolds from there…

This is a very well told story. It’s raw and to the point, although there is a lot of going back and forth showing events that occurred when Cheryl was a little girl, during her education years and during her marriage. You have to pay attention so that YOU can put the pieces together. The movie doesn’t really do that for you.

This is a 4 Star Movie!