*warning: I don’t think I let any spoilers slip but it’s possible I did without realizing it
We’ve been waiting two years to find out how the story of John Wick continues after he was sent running for his life with a one hour head start. After two years of waiting, our patience was finally rewarded with John Wick: Chapter 3 and my god did it ever deliver.
The story picks up immediately after the ending of John Wick: Chapter 2 and follows John Wick fighting to stay alive with every assassin in New York City and the world after the bounty on his head. The fight sequences are deliciously brutal, and the tension rarely lets up once the story gets going. It might be my imagination, but it feels like the fights are getting more brutal with every installment. Also, that scene with the horse is absolutely perfect.
Halle Berry as Sofia is a great addition to the John Wick universe, my only gripe is that I wanted more of her in the story. She’s clearly a complex character with a complex past (much like Wick) and I would love to learn more about her in future installments. Also, her dogs are just as awesome as you think they are.
One of the things I like best about John Wick: Chapter 3 is that we learn more about the complex structure of rules that governs this group of assassins that Wick belongs to. More of the hierarchy is revealed, and it turns out that some characters that appeared to be all powerful also answer to a higher authority (which in itself was a bit of a shock for me). I actually wouldn’t mind seeing a prequel that explains how this group was established in the first place. There must be a story behind how an organization was formed with this much power all over the world and I would love to see it.
Keanu Reeves is on point once again as John Wick. You wouldn’t think there’d been two years since the second film and five years since the original film, just by watching him. There’s a great range of emotion in his performance, especially towards the end of the film. And speaking of the end…I honestly did not see that ending coming. It took everything I thought I knew about the situation and turned it upside down. That being said, I loved the ending because it practically confirms that John Wick: Chapter 4 will be happening. With all of the hype surrounding this film, it makes perfect sense that they would want the story to continue.
I really enjoyed John Wick: Chapter 3, and I’m excited for the fourth installment that is bound to follow, but I do hope the next installment ends it. I only say that because, while the story was good, some of the fight scenes felt a little long, and I’d rather not see the story become ruined with too many sequels. But for now, I’ll revel in the perfection that is John Wick: Chapter 3. Definitely check it out when you get the chance.
What did you think of John Wick: Chapter 3? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day!
Soundtrack Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 (2019)
Thoughts on: John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)
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I thought it was dreadful. Like you said fight scenes were way too long. What made the original so great was that Wick was taking out average bodyguards and guys not on his level so it made the movie realistic and believable. He disposed of them almost immediately with center mass & headshots and very rarely had to go hand to hand. Now every five feet there is an “assassin” coming for him and the hand to hand combat scenes were painfully long and unrealistic. The cherry on top is Wick is already severely injured and in his 50’s fighting other assassins much younger and with no injuries. Takes the unrealistic factor through the roof. I almost lost interest immediately in the beginning of 3rd movie due to the fact that Wick was unarmed back to back waves of armed assassins would attack him, wick would knock the gun out of their hands and then kill them with his hands or the attackers knife and then just get back up and start running away. Ummm wouldn’t a top of the line assassin pick up the fully loaded handgun so he could just take out the next one with 1 headshot?? Very poor writing in this movie and the prior one. and the 4th will probably be even worse, filled with nonstop shooting and hand to hand combat fight scenes. The writers lost touch with what made the original so great.
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