garza’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You must go through hell before you reach paradise.”
The “he can’t catch a break” cinematic equivalent. From moments of heavily parodying itself to old-school fight sequences, this is basically what a sole and pure action film can aspire to be. It even reaches poetic levels choreography wise.
The movie doesn’t pretend to be at any moment anything that it isn’t, because, like its predecessors, Parabellum understands perfectly that the plot is just a vehicle to display the real reason for its existence, the action.
It has some grandeur moments, exploring every type of violence there is, and every way of telling it. Energetic music with vertiginous editing, classical music with a slow pace, and even no music at all with a single shot.
The technical aspects are great, giving a special shoutout to the lighting, which is incredibly elegant and helps to round up all of the sets in which the gunshots and punches take place. I wasn’t a big a fan of the “slick” subtitles, but they were an interesting bet.
Like the others in the trilogy, it’s really funny at times, and a brilliant follow up that doesn’t disappoint with the action sequences, and gets all sorts of crazy and creative in ways of Wick killing up people. Fantastically entertaining.