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John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum

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Links to our threads on John Wick (2014) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).

 


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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I'm in the minority of folks I know in not liking John Wick: Chapter 2, and this trailer doesn't make me think that Chapter 3 is going to change my mind. I kinda wish it had just stayed as a single film. Pass.


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Possible spoilers. 

I saw PARABELLUM about a week after seeing TOLKIEN, and I’m of a mind that the John Wick films have entered into a strange parallel with the Middle Earth books. The original John Wick, like The Hobbit, would have worked satisfactorily as a one-off film. Now JW plays as a self-contained preamble to the much larger world that JW C2 and JW C3:P are inventing, much in the way that THE LORD OF THE RINGS expanded Middle Earth beyond the limited scope of THE HOBBIT. 

I enjoyed PARABELLUM. Not as much as I enjoyed JW C2, which floored me with its spectacle. I think I rated JW 4/5, and JW C2 4.5/5. PARABELLUM, which I admit runs longer than it should, rates a 4/5, with the admission that it could fall to a 3.5/5 on rewatch. 

Edited by John Drew

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