So I just got back from seeing John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum…
John Wick 3 picks up right where the last one left off, with a bounty being issued on Wick for breaking the rules of the Assassin’s Guild (that’s not what they’re called, but that’s what they are essentially). Fighting his way to the Russian mob, he flees to Morocco. Meanwhile, an “adjudicator” for the Assassin’s Guild, starts to issue death warrants for the higher ups that helped Wick during the last film, and John must fight his way back to the States before the Guild axes them all.
Hell of an action movie. A tad weaker than the predecessor, but still a fucking badass flick.
Decent script, good characters and performances (Keanu Reeves was incredibly stoic and tough as Wick), good cinematography and editing, really good choreography, some fantastic gore effects, etc.
The action in this film is absolutely relentless. The creative and brutal deaths in this film had me in hysterics, they were so awesome. They manage to keep the editing tight, with very few cuts and lots of intricate set pieces. Further, the world building, not only in this film, but the whole franchise, is top tier. The way they just drop you in and you can easily discern what is happening and how the world works based on the dialogue and images is so good.
However, this film is not perfect.
Firstly, the story from the second act onwards was lacked substance. Sure, I understood what was going on and what they were going for, and they set up the sequel well enough, but the motivations for the characters were somewhat thin compared to that of Wick. When there isn’t any more meat to the conflict of “whoopsie doodles, I broke the rules”, I start to get a bit bored.
Secondly, some of the jokes in this film were REALLY BAD (Sophia spitting in John Wick’s water bottle was completely unnecessary and stupid). Alot of the great humor in the movie was more visual and situational (the race to reload was quite funny, and the two bodyguards helping John Wick up during a fight because they’re fans was very cute), but some of the gags were very jarring and inappropriate for the scenes they were in.
Overall, this is a fairly flawed, but still highly commendable film. Had it been refined and fleshed out a little bit more, I’d be more into it. But this is worth a watch in my opinion.
7.5 out of 10