The Equalizer 2 (2018)
My 2 Cents:
Your dad wants to be like Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) I guarantee it. He wants to dish out revenge, save kids with potential, and reunite families. He wants to do all this quietly and efficiently, with little to no consequences for himself, and be very humble about it all. The Equalizer is the ultimate ‘dad’ movie and a superhero he can relate to!
Now in terms of the plot, story structure, etc. The Equalizer is a bit of a mess. It’s clear that the main story barely qualified as a full length theatrical piece, so they had to pad it. What they padded it with, made some sense for Robert McCall’s character, but reestablishing that he’s a badass over and over again wasn’t really necessary. They should have worked on the Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) angle some more, and possibly recast the part of Dave York, because Pedro Pascal has played one too many double-crossing assholes.
Also, there wasn’t a whole lot in this about Robert McCall’s past. Which tells me one of two things; either they got too caught up with the story and padding material, or they don’t intend to make another EQ movie after this one (there’s a thing with a book seen in the film that also highlights this). Being that EQ2 is Denzel Washington’s first sequel ever, I’m thinking the latter. We shall see how convincing the studio can be IF this film does well at the box office.
Structural problems aside, I still enjoyed this film a lot. I liked the tone of the film, and even the parts I thought dragged the movie down were still watchable because—Denzel Washington. So, even though they kept reestablishing his badassery, seeing him calmly walk into a situation, start the timer on his watch, and then beat the living crap out of everyone, did not get old for me. What can I say, I’m technically not a ‘dad,’ but I’m definitely the target age group for this movie. I wanted to be Robert McCall, and this movie indulged that fantasy nicely.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Written by: Richard Wenk
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 1 min.