Date night last night, took a break from Loki watch since he’s doing so much better. Decided on the latest John Wick movie. We kind of wished we had chosen something else to go see. In some ways the movie was excellent for it’s genre and reputation. But in other ways this movie seemed to lose all sense of worthy characters and dialog.
John Wick-Chapter 3 Parabellum
Let’s start with, I loved the first movie in the series and really liked the second one even though the level of violence reaches my max that I can usually handle in a movie.
But this chapter made me feel they are losing sight of making this anything more than an outlet for those who like action movie filled with fabulously filmed fight scenes. So for that I give Parabellum credit. The action scenes are choreographed with skill as the characters move through sometimes beautiful, some times gritty backdrops. The dogs in this movie are trained actors and actresses no less than any of the humans. And Halle Berry moved through the scenes with her canine costars like it was a dance.
There are a wealth of juicy characters that scream to give more to the audience. And both my and my hubby wanted to know more about these brutal but complex assassins. Where did they come from, how did they get where they were now. What is their story????? But alas, we don’t ever get that deep and somehow I doubt we ever will. Instead it will be just a sad slow decent into oblivion of interesting characters.
And dialog? I rarely remember Keanu actually having many lines. As John Wick he never really was a big talker but Parabellum he had fewer. In actuality no one had much to say. This movie was 3 fight sequences strung together by a couple paragraphs of dialog, most of which are the ones Halle Berry is in.
The movie actually made me sad. There are characters like Sofia, The Bowery King, Zero, The Adjudicator, Charon, The Director, The Elder, The Librarian, Berrada, and even the Operator; all of which I would love to know their story. So as far as casting and characters, this movie is excellent. Just short on giving you the goods. And if you love action, like fight scenes, this movie is for you. If you want a story line with substance but that never goes deeper, this is your baby.
But if you want more substance, wait for this to come to a cheaper theater or wait for it to come to streaming or dvd. We’ve already decided we won’t spend the extra cash to go see a John Wick 4.