John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★½

The third outing in this violent ballet niche of the action genre is tough to rate as it is excruciatingly muddled.

Let's get things straight right off the bat, we can only bow to the dedication Mr. Reeves puts on display here. He's not the youngest fella anymore, but it never shows. He is fierce, convincing and gives perhaps his most physical performance yet.

Reeves isn't the problem, nor is it the absolutely breathtaking choreography of the action scenes. There are three rather long action sequences that feel they were shot in one go, that's how fluid they are. The direction in these sequences is crisp, clear and nigh on perfect. My absolute favourite is the middle section with Halle Berry. It's great to see her hold her own and her fighting alongside Wick and her two dogs is just phenomenal.

What doesn't work are the bits in between. The forced expansion of the mythology, the clumsy way the plot strings together the main action sequences, it all feels haphazardly slapped together, a sharp contrast to the meticulousness with which the action scenes are crafted. This film is far too long, it is in those in between bits you feel the running time and making even those brilliant scenes feel repetitive and contrived at points.

Still, there was just far too much to enjoy for me to lose interest. I guess it's the dedication to this particular character and the enthusiasm with which this franchise is created (Dacascos particularly seemed to be having a grand old time) that wins the day in the end.

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