John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★½

You're telling me all I gotta do is walk into the desert and cut off my own finger, and I can get an ounce of Halle Berry's backwash?
 - John Wick, sprinting into the dunes

Chapter 3 is the most action-y Wick film yet, but it comes at a great cost as the franchise begins to lose its way. Some of the action sequences how require a good deal of CGI, a distracting change nobody asked for. There's still a lot of great combat action from Keanu, though, and the long takes continue to be a nice hallmark of the franchise.

The story, though, is getting a bit too into itself. The formality between criminals was previously a playful and minor aspect, a communal respect for a system which exists mostly in the shadows. With the introduction of the High Table and Adjudicator, characters are beginning to act like robot messengers, and it sucks the fun away! The dialogue also seems to try too hard this time to be badass, and Wick especially has a bunch of silly lines that didn't work for me.

This went up a half-star on rewatch for me, as the fight scenes worked more for me than last time, but it's certainly the worst so far in my list of The John Wicks, Ranked!

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