(This is John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum film review, which is the third film in the John Wick franchise)
Good things come in pairs, or in this case, three – especially when Keanu Reeves is involved. A trilogy that promises more action and more Keanu in every scenes. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is the result from the desire of both the director and fans alike.
It is still directed by Cjad Stahelski and this time also stars Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane. Now, let’s get down into the John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum film review below real quick!
The film is set an hour after John Wick 2. John has to escape from the bunch of assassins that are on his tail, but luckily he has a few unreliable backups as well. Will he ever escape from the chase of the High Table that he betrayed?
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum Film Review
The story is a direct continuation of the second film and is pretty interesting as we get to know more about other roles in John’s world. This time, more new faces appear such as members of the High Table as well as a new character with a role to judge people.
The real important ones are the story world and the actor Keanu himself
I would say the thrilling factor is still very much there, and the premise uses it as its main characteristic. You will expect a few twists along the way, but nah, you will be disappointed with it. Because this franchise does not really depend on the premise and twists to shine.
You got to admit the story is not even the important part here. The real important ones are the story world and the actor Keanu himself, as well as the action scenes. So, realistically, the story department will get low score from me, but not that low, as it managed to keep me interested with its world and the way the rule works.
Pacing is fairly fast, and sometimes a bit monotonous. Basically, it’s more of story, then fight, fight and fight, then story. It’s the classic John Wick franchise trademark. Thus, I don’t feel bored, strangely, even though such pacing will normally bore me out. It’s probably I have got used to this trademarked pacing, that I actually expected it and also kind of enjoyed it.
Visual is still the same with its predecessors, where things are neon-filled with Red, Blue and yellow-ish tone. It looks like a piece of pop art, but with great action scenes and choreography, things become very John Wick-ish. Yes, the visual has now become an adjective itself to describe this film!
One thing to mention is the long take fight scene, which can look quite realistic
One thing to mention is the long take fight scene, which can look quite realistic, and it also means that things won’t be as dramatic as other films. And this part really impressed me. And another dayum part is the whole city is seen to be very dangerous, as you can feel that the High Table is omnipotent anywhere around the city and the world.
Some even serve as genuine comedic characters, which happen to be deadly
The characters themselves are mostly the same, with Keanu still doing his best at his action scenes, as well as his own unique expression. Nothing else can describe him, as only Keanu can portray the John Wick character. A character filled with lost love and despair, and yet hoping to live to remember the good old days with his wife. All-in all, Keanu still shines here even after 3 films.
As for the rest, there are new faces, especially the assassins and some others who hold important roles. One thing I like about them is that they are all different, and full of character/personality. Even the assassins themselves will have different fighting technique. And some speak different languages, from Japanese to Indonesian. Some even serve as genuine comedic characters, which happen to be deadly.
As for their interactions, they are quite unique as well. It’s less of antagonist, but more of frenemies. It feels they are having fun killing each other, testing out each other’s combat skills. So it feels fresh when compared to real assassin’s fights, which would normally be more serious.
The soundtrack is actually pretty decent but not as memorable. Well, soundtrack is never John Wick’s strength from the start, so it’s cool.