Soundtrack Review: John Wick Chapter 2

Soundtrack Review: John Wick Chapter 2

John Wick Chapter 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score John Wick Chapter 2 by Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 94.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.4
Album Excellence: 67.4%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 American action film directed by Chad Stahelski and starring Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio & Ian McShane. It is the sequel to the 2014 movie John Wick. Legendary hitman John Wick is forced 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. The score is composed by Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard.

I was surprised by John Wick. Both the movie and score had high entertainment values for me and I look forward watching John Wick in action again. The score wasn’t well liked as I remember it, but personally I enjoyed it very much. It didn’t have great themes, but what it had was high energy and a lot of well written action music. The score will hopefully not stray too far away from the first movie. With ‘Shark Chevelle’ the scene is set with dark brooding action, guitar, electronica and energy. This is exactly what I’d hoped for. And that percussion, it’s golden. Bates is reaping rewards of his rock music past. There hasn’t been too many scores where Bates give us a sort of rock action symphony, but if anyone remembers, Doomsday from 2008 is one of them. This isn’t quite there, but it has a terrific slow energy about it that’s about to explode any second.

Bates & Richard are having fun with experimenting on a high energy mix of orchestral music, electronica and rock that much is clear. Cues like ‘Sumo Showdown’ will go down in history fighting it out on the big screen, I’m sure of it. That energy and short but abrupt electronica sequences and that wonderful percussion sounds amazing. I can only imagine what it looks like when the action unfolds on the screen and I’m excited about it, in fact I’m more than excited for it, I know it will look and sound fantastic. I’ve been thinking about what set this score apart from for example Jack Reacher and The Equalizer and there are many things. Mostly I think it’s just go a bit more basic, bare bones. What is this about? It’s about shooting, fighting, it’s about action and Bates & Richard understands that perfectly and creates a score perfect for this environment. It’s never boring either like those other scores could be, this excites me just as much as the first time I heard John Powell’s “Green Zone” or the fifth time I heard James Newton Howard’s “Salt” which I didn’t like the first 4 times for some unknown reason.

Scoring action movies is an art, something that’s undoubtedly not an easy thing to do and do well. It’s incredibly hard in fact, to get the formula right, but I believe Bates & Richard has found it, that much is clear having listened to John Wick and John Wick Chapter 2. It’s a potent mix of great action music and I hope there will be a chapter 3, not only because I like the character, but I need more music to go back to when I need some great action.

2. Shark Chevelle
3. Man Of Focus
4. Sumo Showdown
6. Missing Helen
9. Walk To Museum
10. Guns & Turtlenecks
11. Wick In Rome
12. Suits Map And Guns
16. Catacombs
17. Vendetta
18. Fountain Foes
19. Knives On A Train
21. Mirror Mayhem
22. John Wick Reckoning

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: John Wick Chapter 2, 8.1 out of 10 based on 9 ratings


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