Dazzling However Likewise A Little Too Long
There’s a lot I like about John Wick 3: Parabellum, starting with the very first scene. John Wick– played by Keanu Reeves, naturally– eliminates a bad person with a book. He simply props it up on a table and positions the base of the person’s skull on it and fatally hobbles him, like American History X fulfills Torment. That’s just one of the imaginative, harsh stunts in the motion picture, which had me questioning if this is the very best stunt choreography I have actually seen because vintage Jackie Chan.
And the world structure! John Wick resides in a universe where the criminal underworld is arranged under a rigorous business umbrella called “The High Table,” which uses a group of no-nonsense, tattoo-covered switchboard operators dressed and styled like ’50 s waiters and homemakers, where the ladies appear like strippers from Portland and the guys like members of My Chemical Love. They operate in a location that appears like a cross in between a stock market and a gambling establishment counting space, where the names of the “excommunicado,” those marked for death, like John Wick, are marked on a huge blackboard and called out like the day’s specials. Today, John Wick’s life deserves $14 million. Tick tock, John Wick.
A few of the gangs arranged below the high table consist of a group of assassins impersonated homeless guys led by Laurence Fishburne’s character, who likewise raises pigeons. “You see flying rats, I see … the web,” he states at one point, which is amusing to start with, however additional amusing when it’s Morpheus. There’s another, somewhat less artistically recognized gang of sushi chef/martial arts trainees led by Mark Dacascos– likewise called The Chairman from Iron Chef America
It’s all enjoyable enough, mainly skating that line in between cool and silly. However going over the world-building in John Wick is sort of like appreciating the drapes in an adult movie. We come for the harsh killings; we remain for the harsh killings. And there are lots! There’s a whole battle scene integrating Belgian Malinois, which appear to have actually been trained just to bite cocks. A battle scene integrating vicious penis canines was something I had not seen in an action movie previously, and it was good.