Review: John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019)

“Are services still off limit to me?”
– John Wick

SYNOPSIS: Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere. – via IMDB

Okay, so this is something I have been looking forward to since John Wick 2, because I love the hell out of these movies. The first John Wick blew my mind, and I have been hooked ever since. We hopped off to see this on opening weekend and, naturally, had a good time.

John Wick 3 is teeming with action. The movie picks up immediately after the conclusion of the last movie, and it never really slows down in between. There is an absolutely fantastic knife fight in the beginning that I had a really good time with. Later, we also have Halle Berry and her badass dogs knocking about, and it all works. Obviously this movie is beautiful to look at, they have all been. Story wise, it offers more than its predecessor, but again, it only hints and plays at things, it does not necessarily get into the nitty gritty.

A complaint I do have is that the villain John is set against in this. I feel that Zero was really flat. As a fighting opponent, it was great to watch the two of them go each other, but I was not really sold on anything the moment he opened his mouth. The humour fell flat and was cringy and verbal interactions between Zero and John just totally pulls you out of the experience every time. I also feel that Asia Kate Dillon’s Adjudicator was also a rather wasted character. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Broyles Lance Reddick featuring in this (again) and totally owning his screen time. Always delivering on the laugh. Al Winston is also back in full swing, and I really feel that Ian McShane is hands down the best actor that could have been chosen to play him.

Anyway, John Wick 3: Parabellum is a worthy addition to the franchise, what with fantastic action sequences, a good score, fun humour and visually pretty, it is well worth a look see.

14 thoughts on “Review: John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019)

  1. A nice, short and sweet review! I mostly agree, but two of the points you made I slightly disagree with and was looking to share. I didn’t find Zero cringy per se, in fact I liked that he (and his goons) really admired/fangirled over John, but he was definitely annoying at times.

    I was also somewhat bugged by the plot overall. Like you mentioned, it continues to peel away at the layers of the assassin society without overexplaining, but I feel like there was less learned than in Chapter 2, not more.

    Anyway, just some thoughts. Liked the movie overall and appreciate your take!

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  2. I’m late to the game with the Wick franchise. I finished the first one last week. Hoping to hurry and see the second one in the next couple of days and then run to the theaters to see this one. Nice review!

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    1. Thank you! Oooooh, sounds like you’ve been enjoying Cindy! I think they’re great movies. Hope you catch the last one while it’s still in cinema.


      1. I finished the second one last night. So much better than the first. What gorgeous film locations for an action scene. I love the cinematography. So, yeah, I think I can make it to the third one in theaters. Maybe today!

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  3. Yes, I cannot imagine anyone else playing Winston. I love those movies they are so stunning and so much fun, I’m so glad they are a massive success and we are getting more!

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