How many times have you watched a movie that has such uninspired sequels that you forget how good the first one was, what about the ones where the second one is significantly better than the first one? Well, John Wick 3 is significantly better than the first two. John Wick, our favorite mercenary and dog lover. His story has caused a chain reaction in the action movie industry, making the spectators stricter with the realism and unrealism they are willing to consume when they watch a fictional movie about violence and guns. It’s time for me to talk about my favorite action films.
This movie is set exactly after the second one is over, meaning that if you forgot what happened at the end of chapter two, you might need to watch it first, before watching chapter three. Also, quick disclaimer, this movie is R rated because of the amounts of raw action and violence that the movie portrays, sprinkle that with some of the most nerve wrecking fight scenes that we have seen in years, (probably since Bruce Lee fought Chuck Norris in “The way of The Dragon” from 1972). This movie has many memorable moments and important subjects that believe it or not, they affect the movie industry. I remember a few years ago, when Fast & Furious 5 and 6 came out, everyone was so crazy for those movies and the action scenes. The shock that they were causing was amazing and all the teenagers wanted to be like the Rock. But in 2014, after the release of John Wick chapter one came out, something happened, everyone became more picky all of the sudden, we started to make more fun about how unrealistic movies were, for not showing characters running out of ammo, or because they fell from high places and kept on fighting like nothing. I call this the John Wick effect. Even when all these movies like, The Fast & Furious saga, or other action movies, are still popular, they don’t have the same impact as they used to have. You can notice it even more now, that John Wick has put out hit after hit. People are hungry for unreal scenarios where the struggle seams real. And John Wick is doing just that. I remember going to watch Hobbs and Shaw a few weeks ago and laughing at everything the characters where going through. You could notice how they were not caring about the content or the delivery, it was stupid, and lame and dumb and all the other adjectives you can find that downgrade something. It was funny because of how ridiculous it was, but it was very bad, poorly scripted, poorly delivered and with no spirit whatsoever. That’s not something that happens in any John Wick movie.
Now, this movie has potential of being the best movie in the saga, so far. Not because it has the best story or because it’s new, if we consider it for those things, I have to give the title of “best one” to the first chapter of the saga. The title of “the best one so far” is given to the third movie, because of the universe development that the movie gives, it finally makes it seem like if it is bigger than just New York City. It finally gives the fans the opportunity to see the bright range that the high table has in this universe and the quantity of hitman that the High Table has under their influence. The story is simple, the bounty hunters put a price over John Wick’s head and John has to try to not die. That is the whole thing, simple, and understandable. But the time and practice they put on every single scene is incredible. There are fights that take incredible portions of the movie and feel so organic, where you just feel incorporated into the scenes. The knife fights feel real, the way their motivations feel real. You have a rollercoaster rush throughout most of the movie. Almost like an Uncharted video game.
I must say that there were some scenes that got very old, I personally felt like the character development they put on Halie Berry’s character was too long and unnecessary. She was good on her role, but I didn’t find her to be appealing or likeable. (Personal opinion though) There were also a few other characters that I found to be boring, or not as powerful as I think the producers wanted them to seem, for example Zero, the Japanese guy. He was pretty awesome at first, when he was happy and pretending to only be a chef, his delivery was amazing, till the end, where he becomes this sarcastic, fanboy. I couldn’t buy it, he should have remained a little more, serious. Kind of like the two guys who fight John Wick while not being able to not fanboy over him, that was funny and it worked perfectly, they were respectful, but not exaggerated. I can’t say the same about Zero. But Winston, played by Ian McShane, he is probably the character who was better developed in this movie, you get to see him as this real person, who is tired of taking orders, but not tired enough to give up his hotel. I loved him as a secondary character.
I do want to mention that even though there were some scenes that you might wonder who real it is, you also have to think about all the other things that can’t be more real. Like the scene where John kills someone in a pool, underwater, I found that scene to be wonderful, one of my highlights.
Now, I could write a dozen pages about how amazing this movie is and dissecting every scene, but the best way for you to understand what I mean, is by watching the movie. If you are a fan of the prequals or if you love action packed movies that don’t seem like a joke of themselves, I know that you will love this movie.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review. Tell me what you think of this movie. What was your reaction? Are you excited for the sequel just like me? I’m planning on reviewing with more spoilers some of the movies that I consider to have controversial content or complicated context, what do you think?
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