The first chapter in the John Wick series was extremely lean, feeling like the first step into a large world. It left me wanting more, which Chapter 2 absolutely delivered. There were more guns, more details, and Ian McShane saying ‘Excommunicado’. Once again I was left wanting more
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, to give it’s full title, manages to be bigger, funnier, and more violent, whilst still maintaining the top class action choreography we’ve come to expect. There are signs that it needs to change things up, but also signs that it might be willing to.
One of those signs takes the form of Halle Berry, who is stunningly effective as a former acquaintance of Mr Wick. The extended sequence she shares with Wick and her dogs is one of the best in the series. Though at first it’s jarring to focus on someone else, it does gives a very cool perspective of seeing John in the background doing his own thing. It’s the strongest I’ve seen Berry in a while and I’d love to see more of her.
With dogs attacking genitals and even books becoming highly dangerous, the action scenes maintain the series’ high quality, though some of them went on a bit.
Reeves, McShane (so chilled but commands your attention, and Reddick (he gets more time!) make a fine central trio with the world continuing to expand around them. It’s the villains where the series has been a bit lacking, but that isn’t a problem this time. ‘Zero’ in particular is a great addition, providing a fierce rival but also someone who really appreciates John’s work. It’s amusing to see assassin’s admire each other.
Once again there’s a brilliant level of attention to detail. Ammo amounts are adhered to, as are things like bullet placement and how armour can work. Sometimes you just need a bigger gun.
Parebellum loosely translates into ‘prepare for war’. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum definitely does that and more. Weirdly, in some ways the story doesn’t move at all, yet in others it moves a hell of a lot. If you like the first two you’re in luck! If not, are you telling me you don’t like dogs and ninjas?!