I went out to see John Wick 2 this weekend. A solid sequel. Loved the stuff set in Rome.
It doesn't quite reach the same level as the original. The style and the world aren't quite as fresh as they were in the original, and the action of the film is much less visceral. But they do open up the world a bit, which is nice. I'd definitely recommend it, but the original is still better.
Also, I think Lawrence Fishburn's character probably used to have a much smaller role, but then they cast Lawrence Fishburn, and expanded the role so they could hype the movie as some kind of Matrix reunion.
I'm curious what we should expect from the next one. It seems like they're doing that annoying thing where they make a really good standalone movie, then tack a duology onto the end and call it a "trilogy."