I tend to temper my expectations of movies I’m looking forward to. No use getting too excited. Just wait, and see.
I also try to avoid trailers. More often than not they just give way too much away, don’t they?
Having said all that, here’s the trailer for a movie that I’m almost vibrating in anticipation for: John Wick: Chapter 2.
Aside from a slight worrying indication that things might get too sprawling and loose — the directness and spatial clarity of the first movie being one of its best features — that’s full marks right there. The footage gave you a flavour of what’s to come, while staying just on the right side of revealing too much.
The best bits?
1. ‘You want a war? Or do you just wanna give me a gun?’
Honestly, between this and the first movie’s, ‘People keep asking me if I’m back, and I haven’t really had an answer. But yeah, I’m thinking I’m back’, Keanu Reeves is pulling off unbelievable feats of turning lame-looking lines into the most ice-cool, devastating one liners in history.
2. The natural, shit-losing reaction to John Wick pulling a gun:
The split seconds around that screenshot tell a beautiful story of action and character. A hush falls over the assembled crowd as John Wick enters. A moment’s pause as he sizes up the situation, and then his hand darts for his gun. Nobody can handle it. See that guy in the middle foreground there? Looks like he’s maybe keeping his cool? Maybe reaching for a gun to stand up to Wick? Here he is a fraction of a second later:
3. John Wick at the tailor’s.
‘And what style?’ ‘Tactical.’
4. Keanu Reeves’ insane gun skills.
Just like the first Wick we’ll clearly be getting loads and loads more gorgeously choreographed examples of Keanu Reeves’ real-life skill with firearms. Nothing like being able to just point a camera on a well-trained actor and let them do their thing, instead of disguising everything behind a frenzied flurry of cuts and nausea-inducing shakycam.
5. Ruby Rose is a knife-wielding blur of death.
6. New Wick dog.
Spoiler alert: John Wick gets murdered, dog avenges him. Probably.
7. MORPHEUS AND NEO PIGEON-ROOF REUNION!