John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★½

On this rewatch of the series, the second chapter took a bigger dip than I remembered. So I braced myself to have a similar, more critical evaluation of part 3. But John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is a ton of fun. Yes, we delve ever deeper into the WICKipedia than I ever thought I wanted to go, but by the time we are talking to "the one who sits above the table" it's time to just embrace the goofiness.

A screen in times square displays a shot of Buster Keaton's The General, a nod to the silent origins of stunt showcases, as well as the "there and back again" chase of the narrative. Neat.

A neon green ballet of Wick and Co. facing off against a tactical hit squad is contrasted with a literal ballet being performed at the conservatory John was raised in. Neat.

The dogs have joined the fight for one oth most thrilling sequences in recent memory. Very neat. (Let John die and give Halle a spin off already if you're intent on milking this universe dry, tho)

It's good!

p.s. - I like to imagine there's a bit of meta-narrative around the Mark Dacascos character, Zero, being a fanboy about John Wick while trying to kill him. The franchise has become the modern standard-bearer for fight choreography so I bet it's a badge of honor as a stunt man to get to work with (and get killed onscreen by) Keanu Reeves at this point.

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