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Film Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) is the third instalment of the ever-growing John Wick franchise that is a true summer action flick. Directed once again by Chad Stahelski, this film keeps their impressive cast list with Keanu Reeves as John Wick and Halle Berry as Sofia, who both have to try and keep Wick alive with a $14 million bounty on his head and dozens of killers ready to fight him.

This film may just have some of the most innovative and fun action sequences I have seen in years. The choreography is top notch, the cinematography is stunning and the editing on these sequences are superb. The action feels real and gritty, but they also feel refreshing and new, using different techniques in order to not make the action come off as repetitive. There is one action sequence near the start that has absolutely no music accompanying it, and it only made the hits feel harder and the tension build even more.

What I appreciated about this entry in particular is how they are finally fleshing out the world of the John Wick franchise. I feel like in this film, we get more details on the Continental and the High Table, alongside seeing all the different locations throughout the story. It not only makes the film feel more grounded and real, but also provides for some spectacular backdrops and settings.

Sofia gets a real backstory development here as well, and I really appreciate what they did with her character in the section that she really got to be a part of. There is a plot point that ends up affecting the current action and moment, and it takes you straight back to one of the main plot points of the first film in the John Wick franchise. not only does this work narratively, but is also emotional and a great driving force for the upcoming action.

The acting throughout the film is obviously superb, and this is one of the films that helped spur a love for Keanu Reeves at this exact moment and time. He is becoming very well known for this role, and with several more John Wick projects on the horizon, this could be his most beloved franchise at some point. Halle Berry also does a fantastic job here, realising the character that she has been given. All of the actors and stunt doubles do a great job realising the situation and making all of the action scenes believable.
However, this is a film of several parts and I found the first half to be way stronger than the finish. For me, I felt the action dragged on way too long in the final battle sequence. It also felt like the very long action scenes were not adding anything to the drama or the narrative of the film, and it just did not match to the action that we had seen throughout the entire film. It ended up feeling tiresome to watch, and I almost felt that there was too much action to the point that I was getting physically tired from it.
I also did not like the ending of the film at all. For me, it felt way too fantasy that the way they ended the film could essentially happen, especially for a film that had previously felt so grounded in it’s world and the action. It just almost left me on a bitter ending, between feeling tired of all the prolonged action and the final few minutes which I could not personally buy as actually happening.
Overall, this is my favourite film of the series so far. Whilst I found it to perhaps drag on a bit too long at the end, I adored the action and I found myself caring for John Wick and believing the story overall. I cannot wait to see what they do for the fourth instalment of the series.


Did you get a chance to check out John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum? Let me know your thoughts on the film in the comments down below and let’s have a conversation.

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