Secretly, the real magic of the original was the world-building with The Continental and the shadowy network of assassins that followed their own implicit code of honor and trafficked in their own society that even included a currency of its own. “John Wick” focuses its time on Wick himself and leaves much of the world unexplored. “Chapter 2” triples-down on the world, adding additional nuances to the benefits of Continental membership, the assassins’ code, and the overall hierarchy of power. Even with all the added depth, I can see there’s even more to explore here, and I’m excited to see where the third chapter goes.
Unlike the original, we definitely get an ending setting up for a third chapter. If that’s a pet peeve of yours, just be ready for a cliffhanger. This is a complete story, but it’s clear that quite a bit of pipe is being laid for a third chapter.
“John Wick Chapter 2” recognizes what made “John Wick” great and expands it in a smart direction. This is definitely not a rehash, but a well-thought-out extension of a simple story and a very complex and incredible world. Chapter 3 (already announced in pre-production) cannot get here soon enough.