John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum < John Wick < John Wick: Chapter 2. To put it another way, John Wick 2 is better than John Wick 1 is better than John Wick 3.
Trilogy films usually fall into the diminishing effect of producing sequels, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was not immune from it. Since John Wick: Chapter 2 was better than John Wick, the fall of John Wick 3 was twice that John Wick was better than John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
John Wick 3 lacks what made John Wick, John Wick. The over the top fight choreography, where the audience was left wondering if such very accurate and calculated shots were possible, were largely missing. The Jason Bourne trilogy was the first to introduce this type of fight scenes and John Wick 1 & 2 surpassed it but not John Wick 3.
There were beautiful fight scenes in this second sequel to the series but the feeling of awesomeness, wonderment, jaw dropping moments were not there. It turned into “just another action movie” where we it is the actor that matters and not the character. Then again maybe that was the whole point. In this film, John Wick faced the tip of the High Table’s power for the first time and he was clearly confused and felt defeated.
Once we get to that part of the film, John Wick starts to become an ordinary human. An assassin desperate to live and will do anything to achieve that, even if he sells his soul to the High Table once again but this time as a slave to it. He was just another weak selfish human, willing to give up everything he stood up for in the first two films, in exchange for his life, for what? To remember his wife (through his dog). In other words, he was desperate, pushed into a corner, and ready to give up.
This sudden turn added more depth to the character of John Wick. He was no longer a Batman. He was no longer a Dr. Doom. He was no longer a Jason Bourne. John Wick lost his way and returned to his primal instincts, the boogeyman he no longer wanted to embrace.
In the end, his continued confusion was what kept him alive and going. His “friends” used his confusion to save him, to get him back to the life he chose, the identity he chose, the John Wick he created for his wife while at the same time set him on the path to destroy the High Table in the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4.
By making the boogeyman human, as we have been subtlety told in the first two films, John Wick 3 redeemed itself despite the lack of the amazing, jaw dropping, “were those even possible”, John Wick fight moves. Maybe in John Wick 4 we will see the true John Wick once again. For now…
Choices. Consequences. Identity.
My overall rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars.
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