John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Review
What is up fellow gamers and movie lovers. I know this is a bit unorthodox of me to go back into movie reviews, but this is special. I went to the red carpet premiere of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum last night and it was amazing seeing the cast from the movies and the free snacks of course. The movie itself though, let me tell you!
John Wick: Chapter 3 without much Spoilers
This is the hunting hour and John Wick has one hour left before the 14 million bounties are set upon him. What does a man do with all that little time in a city full of killers ready to take down the great Baba Yaga himself? The only thing a man can do is to either die or run and we all know John is not ready for the Grim Reaper just yet. In this, we find a desperate man seeking refuge from anyone and at this point, we get a glimpse of Mr. Wicks past.
So, the only thing he can do is call in all favors and try to seek out an important member of the high council in order to redeem himself. From this point on it is too risky to talk about anything more as I might give away too much of the plot so we are just going to move on.
This was one movie that made me what to dust off my PS3 and play Dead to Rights: Retribution or hell the whole series. John Wick 3 reversed the script where they usually say, “No animals were harmed while filming…” This time around the animals did more of the butt-kicking which was hilarious, brutal and outright amazing work. The horse literally kicked the mess out of enemies chasing John and then we have the scene with Halle Berry’s character Sofia and her 2 well trained German Shepherds.
They held nothing back when it came to fighting choreography making it as brutal and graphic as possible. One scene pans in close as John shoves a blade slowly into his opponent’s eye followed by tossing an Axe at the other fighters head.
Everyone had a lovely place in the movie especially Asia Kate Dillion as the Adjudicator. I almost thought she was an A.I unit but I guess her job to place judgment on those that do not fall in line causes you to show no emotion whatsoever. Her convictions were strong and calculated and I respect that. Oh, and Mark Dacascos as Zero was hilarious and outstanding.
There was more humor than sorrow in this movie than anything where power was being shifted and at this point, the turn around is more on John Wick being overly sensitive about a dog and his car. But we are reminded quickly it wasn’t about those two things. The take away is this is a man who chose a path of peace only for it to be ripped away when he let his guard down just for a moment. The cast of Lawrence Fishburn, Anjelica Houston, Ian McShane and of course Lance Reddick set the mood just right.
You get to see how much power John Wick had and his importance to almost seem like a super-powered movie.
It is always interesting to see a movie like this where they are in a major city with no one reacting to what is going on around them. Yes, I am a native New Yorker and at times we just either ignore or pay no mind. However, in this case, the movie doesn’t know how to direct people to react at the proper time.
There is a scene in Grand Central where two Assassins are closing in on John only to be taken out but two other assassins stabbing them quite quickly. But not that quick where no one reacts to someone being stabbed so much. Then leaves you wondering where the hell did they stash bodies while walking down a ramp with no place to store anything?
This is where the confusion comes in where it makes you ask, “Are these people superhuman?” Another scenario is in part 2 we noticed the fight with John and Cassian using silencers while walking through people shooting at each other discreetly. Silencers are not that silent but I will let that slide. In Chapter 3 John Runs into some Motorcycle assassins and takes them out with a heavy pistol no silencer in plain view of civilians inside Grand Central and no one reacts.
I like how my friend made a comment after John kills the bikers to take their bike and Zero comes out to give chase, but first puts on a helmet, because “safety first!” She made me laugh saying that. It was the inconsistency of civilians reacting to John racing down Manhattan on a horse startled vs. them reacting to the gunshots or knife fights in a full crowd. That is pretty much it on that.
The emotion wasn’t as strong as the first movie which is fine. Each chapter felt like an evolution which is great directing and writing. The cast of characters flowed very well and the different locales were amazing. The music score always catches my interest as well.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum gets 4.5 paws out of 5. Definitely hit it up and if you saw the premiere let me know your thoughts in the comment area below. The movie will drop on May 17th, 2019 and I hope you enjoyed this review. – Beast Out –