Alex’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Yeah." - John Wick.
Sacrificing the lean and mean nature of the first two for a much bigger scale with a tiny bit of self-awareness, John Wick: Chapter 3 is a blast from start to finish, even if it lacks the sharp edge that made its predecessor an action classic.
Boasting a plethora of inventive action scenes that add up to be some of the best of the franchise so far, Chad Stahelski holds nothing back; spicing up the action with a couple of man's best friends, an excellent Halle Berry, sword wielding Wick fans and a cleverly utilised horse. It amazes me how they always come up with new and exciting ideas every time, it's no mean feat having consistently exhilarating action across three movies but Stahelski and the choreographers really pull it off.
Helping them pull it off in style is cinematographer Dan Lausten, who never ceases to find the beauty in the brutality of Derek Kolstad's underworld of assassins. Whether it be a neon-soaked frame, a low-angle shot of a powerful character or a precisely executed movement to follow the action, it all helps to culminate in a gorgeous film to look at.
I didn't mention Laurence Fishburne in my review for Chapter 2, and I deeply regret it so here I am making up for it. His delivery of every line is just perfect and I love his character so much simply for the way he can say "Well sometimes you gotta cut a motherfucker" or "avert your eyes my sweetie" - he's such a great match for the persona of the Bowery King. New members of the cast do exceptionally well too: Asia Kate Dillon is great as the adjudicator dishing out "consequences" and Halle Berry is a fantastic addition to the cast, acting well but most importantly fighting even better. As for the returning performers, Ian McShane is still faultless as he creates a character that I always enjoy listening to, Keanu Reeves is no different to the previous entries with his gruff voice that suits Wick perfectly and Lance Reddick (who will be sorely missed) is a joy to watch as he finally gets to do some shooting.
Overall, what John Wick: Chapter 3 lacks in precision it more than makes up for in its superb world building and increasingly grandiose action.
4 stars == Very good.