The first full-length trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped this weekend, which is excellent news because it means this is all really, really happening. Not that we had any reason to doubt its existence before this. We’ve seen various teasers and announcements, and they just released a poster with John Wick and his new dog, and I just can’t believe that Keanu Reeves would lie to us about it all. (If we can’t trust Keanu, why even go on?) But still, a trailer provides hard evidence — actual footage — that proves this a real thing and not something we’ve all been collectively hallucinating all year as part of an internal self-defense mechanism to help us avoid the depressing stream of real world events. So that’s good.
The trailer is posted above. I recommend watching it eight to 10 times. Minimum. Really get the feel for it all. And then, once you’ve done that, join me below. I have, it turns out, a lot of things to say about this trailer.
We open in Rome, with a series of shots of famous Roman architecture and of John Wick looking at famous Roman architecture. Why is he in Rome? Glad you asked. Allow me to direct you to the official summary of the film.
Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
This is, probably, the best film summary I’ve ever read. I mean, it contains the phrases “shadowy international assassins’ guild” and “bound by a blood oath.” And he’s being pulled out of retirement again. I hope they make 10 John Wick movies — like it becomes the new Fast & Furious and travels to a new scenic location for each film and starts adding action figures left and right until Jason Statham ends up co-starring in one and no one is exactly sure how it happened — and every one starts with him being forced to un-retire. I would like that.