"Nothing's ever just a conversation with you, John."
What can I say about John Wick Chapter 3 that I have an already said about the first and second installments? It was phenomenal. Pure and simple. One can easily appreciate how the action sequences get bigger, better, and Boulder with each new entry. It almost comes off as a dark comedy and does an excellent job of capturing the creativity energy of the first two movies, culminating in one the most outlandish symphonies of carnage ever put to screen. Parabellum in latin, means Prepare for War, which was a fitting revelation and exactly what we got.
Since I’m having a bit of trouble deciding where to begin, let me just dive right into the performance of Halle Berry. This is by far the best thing I’ve seen her do in a long time. I always considered her to be a simply decent actress, even if I feel her Oscar for Monster’s Ball was unwarranted. I enjoyed her work in Boomerang and The Flinstones more, to be honest. I was quite impressed with her on screen teaming up with Keanu Reeves for the action sequences, coupled by a pair of what I believe were German Shepherd‘s wearing bulletproof vest. It made for some highly compelling, superbly choreographed, and well executed action scenes, that I do wish more action films in the future would take a cue from. I mean what didn't this movie have? What wasn’t there? Horses, motorcycles, shootouts, meta-humor, hand to hand combat, knife fights, and book murder. Additionally, this film included some of the most extraordinary Killer-dog fighting (not that kind) ever. Just let the performance play out on screen with out the aid of choppy editing and chaotic, claustrophobic camera work. Keanu Reaves was great once again, and he is easily solidified himself was one of the biggest action movie bad asses of all time. I really enjoyed the work of Mark Dacascos, who I was previously unfamiliar with, as Zero .Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Lawrence Fishburne were great as well and they are returning supporting roles from previous installments. The ending was a bit of a shocker, even though I thought this movie would wrap up the saga it would appear that that won’t be the case, as the door was left wide open for another installment.
Once again, I’m going to feel like I’m retreading over territory that I’ve covered in reviews for the previous John Wick movies. The cinematography was balanced and stellar, the color palette was great, the shot, she was great the action was great the acting itself was decent, and there was enough of the other story to keep things interesting and the film never really felt boring. It is a clear and definite must see for fans of the first two movies, any of the cast especially Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry, and phenomenal action films in general. With the addition of a more fleshed out develop story, and maybe some sharper lead acting, and maybe a kick ass score, it is a Ricky Nixx film.
Director: Chad Stahelski
Writers: Derek Kolstad, Shay Hatten
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane