I wasn't really expecting this to turn into an ongoing series of movies, but now that it is, bring on Wick 3!
I love how they've created / crafted a surreal "universe" for these movies, and the wildly compelling characters that inhabit it. (The deskman at the Continental Hotel for example. The switchboard operators taking "orders.") Similar (in principle) to the Marvel Universe or the Underworld Universe. Once you "get" that, it's easy to suspend all disbelief and just enjoy the show.
Yes Jeff, I love the hitman world. It really makes you think about people you just see that seem to be ignored by many or live in the shadows. I also love the realist use of weapons, stance, reloading and mixed martial arts. He put in some serious training time for a lot of disciplines.
I loved both but enjoyed the first one better. I guess the first because it was all new to you and I figure if somebody ever did that to my dog I'd prolly act the same way. The second was just pure violence which was nice it just seemed the first John Wick had a purpose the second was just John being trapped which I felt wouldn't happen to John being as disciplined as he was. The third hopefully will be better.
Maybe I am getting old, but the fight scenes in Wick 2 just got boring after a 10 minute ultra-violent hand to hand fight where bones should have been broken and joints dislocated. I remember the fights in the early Bourne movies being like that, but they seemed to work - maybe because it was a new movie making technique. I also hated the casting of Lawrence Fishburne. That should have been an obvious no-go for the studio and director.