John Wick Chapter 3 is brutally entertaining


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The latest installment in the John Wick franchise goes bigger and better with the incredible action sequences.

John Kipp, Staff Writer

In the wake of the infamous summer blockbuster season, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum has been highly anticipated by fans of this beloved action franchise ever since the second film was released in 2017. Much like its predecessors, it opened incredibly well, totaling a dominant $57 million domestically in its first weekend. Unsurprisingly, critics have been consistently praising nearly every aspect of the film, delivering glowing verdicts on popular review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, with its Tomatometer averaging at a 89%. However, the critical reviews seem modest in comparison to the enthusiastic fan response.

Talented director Chad Stahelski makes his return to the franchise after leading the previous two films to massive success critically, and at the box office. Alongside Stahelski’s stellar crew, the cast is packed with A-listers including Halle Berry as Sofia, Ian McShane returning as Winston, and of course, Keanu Reeves as the eponymous character.

Chapter 3 picks right up where the second film left us, with John Wick on the run after killing Santino D’Antonio in the Continental Hotel, branding him “excommunicado” from the international assassin organization known as the High Table. With twenty minutes to spare before a $14 million dollar bounty is placed on his head, he is furiously searching for way to get an upper hand on his foes.

One of the most breathtaking aspects of this film, much like the previous ones, is the intense, spectacular action sequences and choreography. In fact, this film’s close combat scenes, shot with impressively long-takes, are so intricate they epitomize the ‘gun-fu’ style of sequencing that’s become a staple of modern action films. Throughout the film we see John Wick executing his enemies with a brutal ingenuity never seen before. As usual, Keanu Reeves trained heavily to maintain the intensity of every fight. Each scene is so grueling for Wick that the audience becomes deeply concerned for worried for his survival and his sanity.

While the John Wick franchise is known for its thrilling action sequences, it’s also garnered high praise for it’s artistic cinematography, and Chapter 3 doesn’t disappoint. The distinctive choices in color scheme, high contrast lighting and intimate close-up shots of the character are so emotionally evocative that it leaves the audience with a deep sense of the emotional turmoil Wick is enduring.

While this film has a plethora of things to love, the dialogue at times is not as stellar. Certain lines from a select few characters feel very forced and are often delivered with an odd tone or pace. For example, the dialogue between fanboy assassin Zero, who tasked with killing our hero, and Wick can be rather off putting. Although it may generate a few chuckles from the audience, it’s better to spare us from these cringy lines.

Overall, the fast-paced, gruesome, and absolutely John Wick-esque action this film provides is what makes this franchise so great. Even with little backstory, each member of the cast truly embodied the persona of their character. This is a movie you’ll definitely want to see on the big screen as soon as you can. It entertaining and riveting in almost all facets. The ending to the film has left the door wide open for yet another action-packed installment, and Chapter 4 is already inspiring overwhelming excitement from fans.