Friday, February 10, 2017

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2: A WORK OF ART

The film makers' handling of Ares (Ruby Rose) is expert. That they chose to handle her in this way, and that it looks so effortless, demonstrates how much talent was poured into this film. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Readers, both regular and new,
I have seriously thought about this and I am definitely advising: IF THIS IS THE ONLY FILM YOU GO SEE THIS YEAR, GO SEE JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. It is my great happiness to announce this film is way smarter than I am: the film is a work of art, and just as a masterpiece does not fail to be ever mysterious, like a fathomless well of the sweetest, life-granting water, so, too, John Wick Chapter 2 will never be exhausted, I will never be capable of mining all the gold nor of harvesting all the pearls this mother lode contains.
Here is why I'm suggesting that John Wick Chapter 2 is THE film to go see this year, even though it is only February. Star Wars VIII, opening in December, probably isn't going to be that good, not as good as The Force Awakens and definitely not as good as Rogue One. Beauty and the Beast isn't very good, even in the trailers and clips that have been released, the quality just isn't there, and it's definitely pro-socialist. Fast and Furious 8 is going to be phenomenal, it might even rack up Oscar nominations (of course, sadly, those will only be technical awards, but they will be Oscars, nonetheless) but it's not as deep as JWC2; it's going to be excellent, but the film makers just have a better handle on the material of John Wick. Dunkirk, by Christopher Nolan, is going to be amazing, and I can't wait to see it, because I know Nolan has poured his heart into it, and it will be the very standard of excellence, but because of the World War II subject matter, it's also going to be incredibly sad--an epic work of epic heroism, no doubt--but not everyone will be able to enjoy it. Then there are films such as The Kingsman the Golden Circle, The Mummy and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; these are going to be GREAT films, and King Arthur is the only film I think can which will meet and possibly exceed JWC2's standard, and I will, honestly, and justifiably, be just as excited about King Arthur as I am JWC2, but King Arthur is still several months away, but this weekend is here now. 
I vow to you that I will get this post up this weekend, I promise you. Even if I just get a mini-post up, then go see it again, come back and flush it out, I promise, there will be a post up for this film. I promise. The film wasn't even half-way over and I was all ready to watch it again, and by the time it was three-fourths of the way through, I knew I hadn't caught nearly half of everything going on and I would have to see it again. So, let's make a deal: I will get this post up, and you go see it; do not, under any circumstances, read the post before you see the film: you have to be in the situation to appreciate why John Wick makes the choices he makes. In exchange for your cooperation, let me provide you with some advice on how to watch the film, as a professional courtesy.
Winston is definitely the second most important character in the film (second only to Wick himself) so ask yourself why and what exactly does he do in the film? Also note, please, names, and not just the names of people, but how those names are said and why emphasis is given to names in the film. 
Every single second of this film is information. There are only a couple of films which can be elevated to that lofty compliment: Skyfall, Spectre, The Man From UNCLE, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and maybe one or two others; you aren't going to be able to take it all in. This is something we haven't been able to get into yet: information is the opposite of noise, and we know how important noise is in art. The film expertly employs silence, foreign language and marginal speakers as sources of information; for example, the scenes in the art museum are imperative. The first time we go to the museum, we see paintings of the American Civil War, and there are two of them; the redundancy (that there are two of them instead of just one, and that they are both taking up the entire walls upon which they hang is also redundant in drawing attention to themselves) so, ask yourself, "What are the two civil wars (because there are two paintings) which are going to take place?" Then, at the end, when Wick goes back to the museum, notice the name of the exhibit which is taking place and how they communicate to you the name of the exhibit, then ask yourself, "What does this have to do with the action taking place?" Use all of the tools which you have gathered from your reading of these humble posts at this trading post of the internet universe, and you will be richly rewarded for your efforts.
In the opening scene, there is an act of marginalization that is total genius: on a brick wall, an old, silent movie plays of a crash, and you hear sounds that sound like they go with the silent film, but they are just a bit off,... I will let you gnaw on that before you read the post. In this scene, note the reflection of the men in the water on the ground, because the whole film is "reflecting" to us what it is we need to be "reflecting" upon. You are absolutely NOT going to regret seeing this film at all.
Last, but certainly not least, I went to the 11:50 am showing and it was sold out. Decide when you are going to see it, and then get your tickets early, because they will be gone by the time you get there. It's Valentine's Day weekend, everyone is taking in dinner and a movie, or even brunch and a movie; see it on the best screen you can (Batman the Lego Movie is opening in IMAX, which is disappointing, but don't bother to see that, because it's massively pro-socialist, and of course you wouldn't even consider going to see Fifty Shades Darker because that's pornography and, from what reviewers have said, even worse than the first one). Enjoy the film but expect to want to see it immediately again after it's over because it is THAT GOOD.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner