John Wick 3: Parabellum

John Wick 3: Parabellum is easily one of the best action movies in the past few years. Between John Wick and the Mission Impossible franchise, the action genre is alive and well. Who would’ve thought that Keanu Reeves’ most consistent franchise would be this and not The Matrix? With that all being said, John Wick 3 is not without flaws. While the third installment may just have the best action in all 3 movies, it may be the weakest story of the series. So let’s dive into this.

Keanu Reeves and his dedication to this franchise is what sells this film. Very much like Tom Cruise, Keanu puts in a lot of work and training into doing his own stunts, making for the most believable viewing experience. Let’s be honest, Keanu Reeves is not the greatest actor. I commonly refer to him as everyone’s favourite bad actor. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy, I think he is extremely talented, and when a director is able to use him in a way that exploits those talents, he really shines. John Wick is the role Keanu was born to play.

John Wick (2014) created a beautifully simple revenge story. The second and now the third movie have both struggled to find as compelling as a story as the first. John Wick had such a pure motivation. Bad guys killed his dog, John Wick has to kill bad guys. It’s a premise everyone could get behind. But one of the best parts of these movies is the extremely intriguing world John Wick created, The Continental. Developing and furthering the assassin world is a fascinating concept, and for the most part, will keep you invested with John Wick 3. While it never hits the dramatic heights as the first, the mysterious world of the continental and discovering more of how that world works is an enjoyable enough story.

As for flaws in the movie, the middle act does drag a little bit. John has to walk through a desert to find someone, and it slows down the story quite a bit and considering the choice he makes after that journey becomes irrelevant after a few minutes later, it feels almost unimportant. At the end of the walk, John Wick is faced with a decision. The choice he makes is an interesting take, for about 10 minutes. After that, he eventually goes back on that choice that sends us into the final act and action set piece. It makes me wondered if that whole plot point was useless.

What easily makes this movie so good and consistently draws in a huge fan base is the incredible stunts and action on screen. Watching John Wick kill people is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. A master doing what he does best. John Wick 3 may have the best and most inventive action set pieces out of all 3 movies. The new introductions and exciting ways to kill people were a delight to see (as morbid as that sounds). From horses, to motorcycle chases, and Halle Berry with two German shepherds, everything about the action scenes work. I gasped and “ooed” and “awed” in pretty much every fight scene.

John Wick 3: Parabellum never reaches the emotional heights of the first, but continues a fascinating world of assassins and criminals. John Wick 3 never drops the ball in any of its action or stunt work, which honestly is the main reason everyone goes to see these movies. Keanu Reeves was born to play this role. John Wick 3: Parabellum will not disappoint any fans of this franchise or any fan of good action movies.

Rating: B+

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