The Baba-Yaga is No Longer on a Journey of Revenge but Survival- John Wick: Parabellum (2019) Review
There is a long-standing joke about the John Wick franchise and their love for canines. It's not a joke that isn't well-deserved, especially with the latest installment, John Wick 3: Parabellum. This action-packed, eye-catching film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Asia Kate Dillion, Mark Dacascos, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston and Jason Mantzoukas.
We leave off the end of the second John Wick with Mr. Wick committing an unforgivable crime- he kills his foe on Continental grounds, infront of the owner no-less! He has now been given an hour before he is excommunicado, with a $14 million dollar bounty on his head, and hundreds, maybe even thousands, of mercenaries at his throat. What an introduction to a film!
One thing I love about the series is that they always pick up a new film right where the previous film left off. There is no story lost. The tension is so thick from the very beginning of the film, I'm sitting at the edge of my chair 10 minutes in. The films cast and crew build up the tension so well- the countdown to Wick's excomunicado is unbearable....3...2...1...
His first battle of the film is against "Andre the Giant" in a library. Apparently a very empty library, because he murders Giant with nothing but his bare hands and an old library book. Can I just stay that that was an unnaturally sturdy book? I'm surprised it didn't rip at the seams.
From that point on, Mr. Wick is on a mission to enlist the help of his frenemies, in order to regain his life back. We gain a small insight to how the Baba Yaga grew up, all leading up to an eventful meeting with Sophia (Halle Barry.) This entire sequence was like an elegant dance, but with blood and guns.
John Wick is on a mission of survival most of the film- unlike the previous ones, where he's on a mission of revenge. That alone makes the film the best of the series, so far, but the writers are able to take it a step further. We finally get to see Charon in action! There continues to not be a single dull moment in the Wick Franchise. This isn't just a cheap action film. The writers have found a way to give the film franchise fans MORE gore, MORE action, and MORE guns without any overkill. That is no small feat, my friends. All I have left to say is, Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne better be teaming up to kick some serious arse in this next installment.
Jacindable Review: ★★★★
starring, Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian Mcshane, Asia Kate Dillon, Laurence Fishburne,Mark Dacascos, Anjelica Huston, Jason Mantzoukas, and Lance Reddick
written and directed by, Derek Kolstad, Marc Abrams, Chris Collins, Shay Hatten, and Chad Stahelski