Movies for Breakfast JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 PARABELLUM Review

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The third chapter of John Wick keeps the story going in the right direction.

Synopsis

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Review

John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum is the third movie in the John Wick series, and the longest title of the series thus far as well. Chad Stahelski returns once again to direct the action thriller starring Keanu Reeves as the pinnacle character John Wick. The rest of the cast from the previous two movies return as well in the form of Laurence Fishburne as Bowery King, Lance Reddick as the hotel concierge, and Ian McShane as Winston. The film also introduces some great new assassin characters with Mark Dacascos as Zero and Halle Berry as Sofia. The film kicks off where John Wick 2 ended, with John Wick now on the run from the High Table. He is labeled as excommunicado by the High Table, which means he is unable to use any services or access any equipment given by the High Table who control the network of assassins in the world of John Wick.

The John Wick movies are known for their over the top usage of action, and building tension during fights that feel impactful and overall give a sense of power with every punch thrown. John Wick Chapter 3 does not disappoint in this aspect, and even takes things further than the previous movies. With the entire assassin community after John Wick, either due to past conflicts or for the $14 million bounty on his head, there are plenty of creative battle scenes. While some do overstay their welcome from time to time, the choreography displayed in each scene makes it easily forgivable when a battle goes a little longer than it should. There are many great fight scenes, and every scene between fights is more or less a transition to get John Wick into the next big battle where he can show off his skills. One of the best gun fights in the movie involving Halle Berry’s character Sofia teaming up with John Wick, and showing the two along with Sofia’s dogs escape a tight situation they put themselves in.

One of the best aspects that John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum brings is the world building. In the first John Wick film, the viewer is only given glimpses of different inner workings of the assassins such as the hotel. In John Wick 2 the world is expanded as we meet the High Table, and the different groups that function under it. John Wick 3 expands on this even further bringing us to the place where John Wick originally trained, showing the fury of the High Table when it comes to people who break their rules, and the different ways they control situations and stay at the top of the operation. The film opens up even more doors to potential sequels, spin-offs, and series on the different parts of the world of John Wick, and almost any of them would be an interesting direction to get to see. The plot of John Wick 3 itself is not anything spectacular, and it does come off as just jumping points to bring John to different parts of the world, and to different areas. The writing and characters surrounding the plot though bring the movie to a point where it is evenly paced with an even distribution of world building, action scenes, and exposition. Like the previous John Wick movies, the humor does not come from the characters telling jokes, but from the overall seriousness of these characters and these situations they put themselves in.

The characters are what makes this movie as fun as it is. In a world that is made up of assassins, killers, and thugs, there is still an easy distinction between the different groups and their different styles of fighting. One of the main assassins after John Wick is Zero played by Mark Dacascos who is a major fan of John Wick and looks up to him. He also understands the job, and wants an honorable fight with the person he looks up to. He has a fast and tactical approach to his fights, where he uses his environment to his advantage. The scenes with Halle Berry are some of the best of the whole movie, and this is due to the close bond she has with John Wick. The banter between the two, and then the way they work together along with the use of Sofia’s dogs make these scenes stick out and will probably be the best remembered scenes of the entire film by the general audience. Even the scenes of the Adjudicator played by Asia Kat Dillion where she gives a deadpan and threatening performance as she consults with everyone who betrayed the High Table to help John Wick show how great her acting is along with everyone she interacts with. There is not a single miscast opportunity in this film, and I could not imagine anyone else taking over any of these roles.


Closing Thoughts

John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum is the perfect next step in the John Wick Franchise. Fans of the previous two films have plenty to look forward to in this chapter, and continued chapters in the series at the pace the films have been proceeding. The decent plot of John Wick 3 is held up mostly by the impeccable writing, beautifully choreographed action scenes, and top notch performance given by the entire cast. I enjoyed the last two entries to the John Wick series, and I actively suggest them to anyone who is a fan of action thriller movies. John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum is being added to the same list. If you aren’t a fan of action movies or weren’t fond of either of the previous John Wick movies this will be an easy pass as this is more of the same but taken to a new level. For everyone else though, check out John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum in theaters starting May 17th, or if its too late for that I highly recommend grabbing it on Blu-ray or checking it out from a streaming service.


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