!!!!!Watched John Wick 2. Super disposable. I really liked the first one. This one didn't really bring much to the table except some nice set pieces. I'm into dumb shoot em ups but where this first one just dropped us into this world and went nuts, this one just was more of the same stuff just without any of the novelty. Meh.
I have it 2,1,3 in my book but even 3 is an incredible film. I think the sequel not only added some (arguably needed) depth and more interesting characters, but it also effectively changed the protagonist's role from revenge to survival.
The action is what it is (which is outstanding, I don't mean to undersell it) and the engine that drives the franchise, but let's say some execs got around and said, we made a lot of money from this, let's add more to the budget and do it again. What I think is the biggest accomplishment of John Wick 2 is we got a technically superior film that's different from the first and that also established an expanded universe when we easily could've gotten Predator 2.
Oh, and P.S., I'm told fatherhood is a miraculous and perspective altering experience, but if I couldn't watch a movie in nearly two years....