Sequels may currently dominate Hollywood, but the fact of the matter is that many of them have a nasty habit of falling flat for audiences. All too often, we see franchises that phone in their second, third, and even fourth installments because they are viewed as little more than cash grabs that don't necessarily deserve the same amount of tender love or care that the original film received.

That's where John Wick: Chapter 2 comes in. The latest installment in the John Wick saga is a beautiful continuation of the story we first got a good look at in 2014, and Keanu Reeves (along with director Chad Stahelski) has delivered something that completely captures the brutally violent spirit of the original. Chapter 2 isn't just a good movie; it possesses some major lessons that it should impart on future sequels for other franchise. There are plenty of lessons to get to, so let's get started with the wise way in which Chapter 2 uses Ruby Rose's new character.

Don't Force A Love Interest

One of the most annoyingly familiar tropes that we see pop up in contemporary sequels is the forced inclusion of a love interest to develop the central hero's arc. While John Wick's dynamic with Ruby Rose's Ares certainly feels flirtatious at times, the film never lets John slow down enough to find a new romance. The film remembers that John is still very much in mourning over the recent passing of Helen (Bridget Moynahan) and the film even goes out of its way to show him wearing his wedding band on several occasions. We're not saying that John Wick won't find a love interest after Chapter 2, but the series admirably avoided that familiar pitfall this time around.

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