John Wick was an incredibly pleasant surprise. It's an action movie where you can actually see the action, and it built an incredibly interesting underground world of assassins that gave the whole thing a cool new feel. Plus it has one of the single-best character introductions of all time, making their hero look like the ultimate badass before he even does anything. Then when he actually does things, he looked even more badass thanks to Keanu Reeves putting in enough work to do his own stunts.
That's why news of a sequel made me super nervous. John Wick was a perfectly reasonable standalone movie, and those tend to be the ones that make for the worst sequels since they have to invent convoluted reasons to not only do another one but also to try and raise the stakes in some way. Usually what you end up with is just an unsatisfying, messy retread of the previous movie.
So the question is, did John Wick: Chapter 2 fall into that trap? Well, let me tell you: