*** My 4.5/5 star review of John Wick 3: Parabellum ***
UPDATE 19 April 2019: NEW film clip, featurette on The Continental and image here…
Brutal. Vicious. Unrelenting. Surprisingly funny. Yet somehow stunningly beautiful too. And that’s just me if anyone dares to get between me and multiple rewatches of the new John Wick: Parabellum trailer.
The new characters look intriguing (I particularly like Sofia who just… shoots John) but I can’t deny how much I love Ian McShane’s Winston, supposedly on the opposing side but always ready to give his favourite a helping hand.
And the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), whose long drawn out pronunciation of “Jahhhnnn Wick”, both mocking and terrifying, makes clear to The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) that she’s in way over her head.
I love how the franchise is both deeply committed to its world and its eternal violence while at the same time raising an amused eyebrow at the single-minded commitment of its citizens – Wick on a horse (If Keanu Reeves doesn’t end the movie soaring into the sky atop a fire-breathing dragon, I’ll be asking for my ticket money back), orchestral music bouncily soundtracking bloody deaths.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.”
Oh yes and as John says, “it wasn’t just a puppy”.
Watch the John Wick: Parabellum trailer now (scroll down for the new character posters):