Andy’s John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum Review
The third instalment of the John Wick franchise is as good as the previous two without a doubt. The story of the world’s favourite hitman continues right where John Wick 2 ended, with John on the run. Everyone is after him and John has to use guns, knives, judo, dogs, horses and, er, a hardback novel to defend himself.
If you love slow films about knitting and chocolate, this one’s not for you. If you love beautifully choreographed violence, your luck’s in.
The pace does let up now and then, so rest assured there is a plot weaving everything together. Keanu Reeves is brilliant, as are the supporting cast. Mark Dacascos plays the main villain and he’s as nifty at fighting as he was back in the 1990s. Halle Berry pops up, as do Laurence Fishburne (again) and Jerome Flynn.
John remains sad, haunted, angry, worried and of course double hard. So the character hasn’t developed but I don’t think it can until he finds a love to replace his late wife. Whether he will or not is anyone’s guess. Not sure how successful John Wick 4 would be if there were endless shots of John and his new partner walking hand in hand along a beach.
To come back to the violence… It is still extreme for a ‘15’ certificate. John’s signature ‘double tap to the head’ continues – better safe than sorry, I guess – but that is amongst the softer of his dispatch preferences. Many a times Emma and I winced, but there was laughter too and moments of sheer disbelief at how the director pulled together so many amazing fight sequences. Mind you, director Chad Stahelski is a former stuntman and, funnily enough, was Keanu’s stunt double in The Matrix films. A nice factoid for you there.
We venture outside of the US for the first time too. John’s travels / killing sprees take him to Morocco. This is where he meets Halle Berry’s character and that whole section is a joy from start to finish. It’s about time John had some help and they make an effective tag team.
The end sets everything up nicely for John Wick 4. It won’t feature a romantic beach.
In short, John Wick 3 is not a film for the faint hearted, particularly if you don’t like blood of the spattering variety. All in all – wonderful, tongue-in-cheek ultra action. Definitely a 4 out of 5 from me.
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Why not read Joel’s review of Avengers Endgame?
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