John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum review

It’s Parabellum!

John Wick, the man of focus, commitment and sheer will, the master of combative techniques with “swift reflexes” who also, has an astonishing ability of pain resistance, the apparition, Baba Yaga, is back!

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a threquel in the franchise. The film starts right where it last ended, with Wick on the skirt of being proclaimed an Excommunicado in 1 hour, which was a grace period given to him by Winston. He is now on the run with a $14 million prize on his head.

I am not a Keanu Reeves fanatic. I am not an enthusiast of The Matrix. (Haven’t given it a try again) What’s more, I don’t care for him in spite of Speed or Point Break either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ So, John Wick? Nah! I wasn’t generally intrigued by any stretch of the imagination! Also, I decided to totally disregard the hype. Parabellum is my first theater experience in this series as I had truly opted to give a cold shoulder to the first two films, until about six months ago that I decided to give it a go. Why? Well, because I love a good action thriller, I had to watch, to be able to understand the love for this series.

After having seen John Wick, this was the first time I actually really liked Keanu Reeves. The way he has portrayed the character, there seems to be sort of a personal touch to it. I don’t know whether I was oblivious to his capacities before this, however, him as John Wick was suit to a T.

These movies, were never the one promising a solid storyline, what makes all the three movies in the establishment unique is, the cutting edge interpretation of film noir with an art deco style, mind blowing action, furthermore, an exceptional soundtrack!

All those ingredients put in the mix together back again, and the result we get is another, kickass action film!

“Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying.” (The Imitation Game)

The movie is filled with “bloody action” throughout, keeping you on the edge of your seat. And those are the best moments of the film, that truly had me invested. What seemed a problem to me though, was that the movie, although was packed with constant and mind boggling action, it didn’t quite maintain the pace on and off due to a slow narrative. Most of the film is full of fight sequences and you get to see the very best of whatever can actually turn out to become Wick’s weapon. As you might have heard, “He was once seen killing three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a fu***ng pencil”. 😁Gunshot wounds, headshots, knife wounds, swords, shootouts, heads being blown off, blood galore!

The action is definitely the best in this chapter out of all three, most gory of them all, though, what made the first film special is, how very little we knew about Wick and the world that had been introduced. Plus, it was very easily able to make an emotional affect. That one incident we could never recoup from. 😢 The action too, had an emotional impact because it centered around vengeance and he had a clear push to do what he does. Since chapter two, we got to learn more about Wick and how the entire setup is coordinated. It further built the world established in the first film. Where as with the third one, we get to know a lot more of John Wick’s roots. As far as sequels go, story’s gotta grow and illuminate the lead protagonists’ past and roots, we can’t exactly gripe about that, it’s just that it takes away the ambiguity that we once pondered about, yet that was the very factor we liked the most.

Nevertheless, chapter 3, as a matter of fact, is an absolute blast! The action sequences, once again, are so well choreographed and executed, and again, isn’t something to get astounded by, since, such level of excellence can only be achieved by a stuntman himself. Chad Stahelski, once Keanu Reeve’s body double for The Matrix, I tell you, is the real man of focus here. Having co-directed the first one with Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde fame, dir. David Leitch, (also once a stuntman), he took the responsibility solely for the next two films and has done a defining job in the genre. It would be very interesting to see, what he would be able to achieve as a director other than in this genre.

I really wanted to see more of Fishburne this time too. May be we will in 2021, since he is very pissed! 😉 I wanna see him in action, we are all well aware of his capabilities in roles like The Matrix and Hannibal. I am very impressed with Halle Berry too, she was very apt in the part given to her, along with good performances by Mark Dacascos. He was a tough competition to Wick, and it is always good to see a strong opponent as compared to just a slap on the wrist.

Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard likewise return for the music of the film and maybe this was their own one of a kind vision as well. Their music gives a spirit to this universe and furthermore is the life to this neo noir action filled expedient world.

The amount of industrious work that goes behind such films is conspicuous. It is extremely easy to write off these films and give them certain tags or put them under certain categories. They aren’t telling you that it’s based on real events or are inspired by reality, there aren’t any fake promises, what you gotta remember is, these are out an out an action film and should be judged based upon that.

For all action fans: This is a must watch!

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

*** 3.75/5 ***

*** ☃️ ☃️ ☃️ ⛄️ ❄️ ***


Keanu Reeves

Halle Berry

Laurence Fishburne

Mark Dacascos

Asia Kate Dillon

Lance Reddick

Anjelica Huston

Ian McShane

Writer(s): Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams

Director: Chad Stahelski

Summit Entertainment

Runtime: 2hr, 11min

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