John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Review

director: Chad Stahelski

writers: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins & Marc Abrams

starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne

genre: Action | Crime | Thriller

released: 16 May 2019 (Australia & Greece), 17 May 2019 (USA), 23 May 2019 (Germany)

Usually diminishing returns would be an issue for a movie series at this point, but the ‘John Wick’ film series hasn’t felt the pain just yet (link). Even though, it’s not getting any better in terms of quality of story and character, but who’s watching this series for its story and character work right?

story:

After the events of the last film and John Wick’s assassination of a high table member, he is made excommunicado and number one on the assassin kill list. He will now have to muster all his might to hang on against the onslaught that comes for him and see if they are any allies left willing to help him as the odds have never been so slim till now.

thoughts:

The movie is fast, loud and intense as expected and as a action film there isn’t a lot left to be desired. It has all the action any martial art, gun or canine fan could have asked for and it also has now a wide amount of diverse locations, action styles and set ups that are helped by the increased budget. Naturally, some scenes do drag and could have been shorted by a bit. And if we are nitpicking they are also scenes where it feels as if the actors are taking their sweet time with their fight movements and puts into question at times if they were going for a more natural style rather than a choreographed one. This was more noticeable with the knife fight scene early on in the film, whereas the Morocco shootout with Halle Berry felt excessive in the amount of times they shot people to death and directed the dogs to do immense damage upon faceless number of baddies.

Additionally, complaints could be made about the plot and world of ‘John Wick’ in it being ridiculous and non plausible, but three films in makes it difficult and too late at this point for that gripe. A more sensible complaint would be that the films have taken a long time to make us understand more the ins and outs of of this world’s mechanics and that maybe the amount of assassins in existence isn’t infinite and that the killing of people in crowded location with no public individual batting an eye was again a little too much to swallow.

Another thing to mention is the lost opportunity that was not hiring actress Carrie Ann Moss for the high table adjudicator role. As the series already got Laurence Fishburne for the past two films for a mini ‘Matrix’ reunion and with the addition of Moss the trinity would have been completed.

In regards to where the series goes from here, it should be all out and total war for this underground world of killers and goons, which means the next film might have to raise the stakes very high. From hiring more bad guy favorite actors, to the army John Wick amasses to be substantial with old series faces coming back to the fray against the high table and continental hotels. Not to mention the lore expanding further with the repercussions of Wick’s actions and surprises in the mix. Otherwise, it’s going to get boring and tedious fairly soon.

verdict:

Keanu Reeves is a movie star that we love to see tacking names and kicking butt. We don’t really care to an extent if the movie world he is in is fake, as it’s all there to produce action scenes for the gun and MMA Superman to deal with. Nonetheless, the film’s are getting objectively worse, despite providing exactly what you expected and wanted in the first place and the production should at some point conclude its narrative either with next sequel or at least with a fifth and final film depending on the box office it makes.

Personal Rating:

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review by P K

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