John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★½

Sofia: He shot my dog.
John Wick: I get it.

I still get as much fun on a rewatch as the first time I saw John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, no matter its flaws.

If Chapter 2 was already a big step on expanding its universe and applying a rather large scale in almost every aspect, the third instalment continues to follow that logic, even further. The first act of Chapter 3 alone is but a proof of how creative and thrilling this franchise has become. I can't think of a better sequence than the knives scene. Horses' hooves as a killing weapon? Dog?! The Adjudicators are a nice addition too.

I can keep going with the list: blade fights on motorcycles on a bridge; books; and a whole sequence (yet again) with mirrors, something that director Chad Stahelski seems to really be fond of. Chapter 3 never disappoints its viewers when it comes to a combat sequence. That whole Continental being disacramented is just too goofy and violent to take it seriously, but it remains as thrilling as everything else in this franchise. And it should be mentioned that the stuntmen are getting better and better.

And the further we go with the John Wick films, the more beautiful it becomes. Chapter 3 not only varies the choreographies, but its environment as well. Not only for its beauty, but for its use as well (the knife sequence being the most obvious) and its creativity. How impressive it is to watch a doggy climb up a wall? The whole sequence between Wick (Keanu Reeves) and Zero (Mark Dacascos) reminded me a lot of Skyfall.

I think the biggest flaw I can find in Chapter 3 while comparing to its predecessor is that, much like The Raid, I quickly became exhausted. Not because of how boring it is (because it's not), but because there's a lot going on. When you read it this way, it may sound too harsh, and I don't want to criticize the film this way (probably because I'm scared John Wick will come after me). What I mean is that, by the end, you don't feel as much excitement as the first thirty minutes you enjoyed so much.

In any case, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum confirmed what a fun franchise it is. I may be tired at the end, but I cannot deny the achievements of the John Wick films and how much impressive they get.

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