John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum ★★★★

Thank you Chad Stahelski for answering my prayers.

When people saw the first John Wick I'm sure no one assumed they were witnessing the birth of one of the best action franchises we had ever seen. After all the story doesn't really lend itself to sequels that well, John got his revenge, that should be that. Right? However, when Chapter 2 decided to expand even more on the lore of the Continental and the mysterious world that Wick comes from, I think it's safe to say no one was calling for Keanu Reeves to hang up the suit. In Chapter 3, the filmmakers dive even deeper into that world and we also learn quite a bit about where John comes from in this film (no spoilers) which i was very happy to see.

Just like in the last two films, we have a few badass assassin side characters and personally I think this film has easily the best side characters out of the three. Halle Berry's character, Sofia, who serves as a sort of ally to John in the film, had some of the most creative kills in the film featuring her two dogs and I really wouldn't mind seeing a spin-off film with her character as the lead. Zero is basically a ninja that John runs into a few times throughout the film and he was pretty cool for the most part. There were a couple moments where his character was a bit... off? But he's playing a ninja and that's like 75% of the battle right there so I can ignore those very few moments I didn't really care for. Charon also gets a lot more time to shine in this film which I was happy about because he's been one of my favorite characters since the first film so I'm glad they actually gave him more to do here than just watch Johns dog. All around the performances here are very good.

John Wick 3 also has more brutal action than the first two. John Wick has always been violent but some folks just get straight brutalized in this film (not always by John). And as always when shit goes down it's beautiful to look at. Chad Stahelski really understands how to film action better than maybe anyone else working right now. You are never confused as to what is going on, and you can tell that these actors have all put in the extensive amount of training it takes to make these scenes work and look as amazing as they do. While most of the choreography is spot on, there are a few times where it felt a little bit too fake for me. For example without spoiling it there is a scene featuring John fighting off a mob of assassins among a bunch of horses, and it just really doesn't work for me it's honestly my least favorite part of the film when it comes to the action. But when you have a 2 hour and 10 minute movie composed of almost nothing but highly choreographed, beautiful action, I can live with a 40 second clip that just feels a little bit goofy. There are also a few instances where you can just tell it's choreographed, like an actor won't take a shot that you know he could've and you know he should've and sometimes that can take me out of the movie for a second. However it was pretty rare for me to notice, but I did notice whereas I really didn't in the first two.

If you are a fan of the John Wick franchise, well you've probably seen the movie already. But, if you haven't I implore you to go see this in the theater because it is most definitely worth the price of a ticket.

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