“If you want peace…prepare for war.”
After gunning down a member of the High Table — the shadowy international assassin’s guild — legendary hit man John Wick finds himself stripped of the organization’s protective services. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world’s most ruthless killers.
John Wick Chapter 3 is sadly the weakest in the franchise but by no means is it not as enjoyable, as brutal, as badass, and as awesome as the first two movies.
Expanding on the ever growing universe of John Wick, John Wick Chapter 3 introduces new characters and elements such as the Adjudicator, Sofia, and the Elder. For me one of the things that lets this movie down is that Chapter 3 sets its self away from realism which is what I loved about the chapter 1 and 2.
John Wick Chapter 3 is more of a movie about Winston, The New York Continental Hotel Manager. Winston is a great character in his own right, but for me Chapter 3 is more of a movie about Winston than it is about John Wick.
A second aspect I found let Chapter 3 down, was that we learn much more about Wick’s past. I loved the mystery around John’s origin and Chapter 3 tried to explain and delve deeper into his past which is a weakness of this movie.
But enough about the weaknesses, lets talk about what makes this move still as enjoyable as the last two in the franchise. I loved the introduction to the Adjudicator and the high table, The John Wick movies base heavily on the idea of following rules, and the introduction to a sort of ‘Judge’ character makes the Wickverse even more badass than the first two chapters. Asia Kate Dillon plays this role perfectly, because I both hate and love the character at the same time. Halle Berry’s Sofia is awesome, as the Casablanca Contintental Hotel Manager. Bringing, Berry’s acting ability to the role and her awesome physical capabilities in the action set piece in Casablanca.
I can’t talk about John Wick without talking about the action. This movie defintley kicks it up a notch with the awesome action set pieces, from the Knife shop, Casablanca and the Raid on the New York Continental Hotel. With these set pieces brings new additions and challenges for John, such as the body armor in the raid of The Continental to The dog combat in the Casablanca action scene. This movie has bigger and better action scenes than the first two chapters and I cannot wait to see what they will do next.
Overall John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum, is still as badass as the first, however lacks the story aspects and mystery I loved about the first two John Wick movies.
Overall I rate John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum a solid 8/10.