After I saw the poster for the second John Wick film, which seemed to have a hint of the horror film The Witch in its text and tone, I became intrigued, believing that John Wick 2 was going to use horror elements, extending the myth of Baba Yaga, and what happens to the boogey man when he has no one left to stalk. But while people drooled over the non-stop action of John Wick 2, I couldn’t help but feel that it lost the poetic, postmodern touch of the first film.
Having achieved superstardom with the likes of Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), Speed (1994) and The Matrix (1999) in the 90s, it seemed for a time that Keanu Reeves was unstoppable. But if you know anything about Keanu Reeves, you know that the beginning of the millennium wasn’t kind to him. He and his girlfriend Jennifer Symes lost their child, their relationship ended, and only 18 months later Jennifer died in a car accident. While Reeves continued to star in films, they proved far less successful than those of the 90s, and his star began to wane. But in 2014, a little action picture called John Wick was released, which looked much like a metaphor for his life and career.
Having enjoyed the first film, I had high hopes for the second installment, seeing that the filmmakers had a certain artistic flare, and were able to make something more than your typical action genre film. This is why the poster for John Wick 2, aka Baba Yaga, seemed to suggest to me that they were on the right track. Unfortunately, the film did nothing of the sort.
As you watch my review, you’ll hear me make an argument for why horror would’ve made sense when dealing with the action genre, being that the two have many similarities, and even how I would’ve done it, if I had it my way. Thanks again for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy my critique for John Wick 2.