John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum ★★★★

Climactic setpiece takes the Shanghai sequence from Skyfall and brings it into the realm of the new wave of hyper-violent Indonesian martial arts cinema. Laurence Fishburne yells "sometimes you gotta cut a motherfucker." Obviously enjoyed this a lot even if I am starting to feel the wheels spinning a bit—this basically opens and ends in the exact same place as the last one lol. The technical aspects though of the choreography, camera and performers are still astounding and I was particularly struck here by how in tune Stahelski is with the more inelegant details of combat as well. The limitations of both the gear (a few genuinely amazing beats here involving reloading, one in particular featuring some top-tier standoff hesitation nearly knocked me over) and the body. Pain is inflicted in ways here I don't think I'd ever even considered before, like the impact of a knife being thrown and hitting someone not with the blade but with the butt.

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