The John Wick franchise is rightfully defined by its gloriously violent and kinetic action. To that end, Wick fans will be delighted to hear that John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum features the best action choreography of the entire series and some of the best in any film since Gareth Evans’ Raid films were making waves. The combination of stunt coordinator-turned-director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves have become to the action movie genre what Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro (or Leo) are to Academy-caliber dramas. Any time they pair up, it becomes a must-see film.
Though the action is clearly the core of the series, its depth comes from the seemingly endless possibilities brought about by the world that was created in the first installment and continues to be expanded in Chapter 3. New locations are explored, new characters are introduced, and the lore grows more and more intriguing. And while the focus is always on John, layer by layer we get to experience this dark underworld that our beloved antihero inhabited for so many years.
This is the best of the Wick films, slightly edging out the original John Wick for top honors. The first film had great action and just enough glimpses of the Wickverse to whet the appetite. Chapter 2 was a bit of a step down in action, went heavier on the mythology, and lost a step in the process. Parabellum is the best of everything. It has intensely beautiful visuals, top-tier choreography and the competent direction to capture it on film, and a satisfying story that leaves you wanting more.
As long as Stahelski and Reeves want to keep making John Wick movies, I will be there. And with TV spin-offs and video games on deck, it’s safe to say that regardless of whether we get a Chapter 4, the world of John Wick is not going anywhere anytime soon.
But I can’t wait for Chapter 4.