John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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This film is such good swashbuckling fun. It has all the escapist elements you could want - a devil-may-care hero, romance with two beautiful women, a dastardly villain, a great sense of humor, lots of tremendous action and one of the very best sword fights you will ever see. First rate fun; see it as soon as you can.
Spoiler(s) ahead. This movie has very little, if any, exposition in it and there is no explanation for anything. The extensive set up from the last movie is tossed off in short order at the very beginning of this one. There's some searching for clues where an ongoing character is picked up. This leads to a monster in the house/seven little Indians plot line, which very quickly does its count down 7-6-5-4-3-2-and a betrayer. There's a big boss fight with no explanation as to where and why that particular entity shows up (although I'm told there's a clue to it about two installments past.) There is some Warhammer "charm" to this particular big boss and with an homage to Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (with some minor inflation) the big boss monster is finally vanquished. This leads to another location for the final confrontation of this installment of this series of movies. As the climax of the third act subsides and the story moves to its denouement a new horde of baddies moves in assuring us that there will be another sequel. Should you see it? Will you enjoy it? Well, it's pretty mindless but on the plus side it has lots of mutant zombies with Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter in it. Then there's some beefcake thrown in for the women. So what's not to like?
The 1953 Twentieth Century Fox film, Titanic, focused on fictional characters aboard the Titanic when it went down. James Cameron's 1997 film, Titanic, focused on fictional characters aboard the Titanic when it went down. This film focuses on the Titanic when it went down. All the characters depicted are based on actual passengers or composites of actual passengers who were aboard the Titanic. Almost all of the incidents, interactions and even the background pieces of business in the movie actually happened. The film is based on the meticulously researched book by Walter Lord. Although the film follows events for which the outcome is known at the start the film and is done in a documentary style it still manages to be suspenseful and captivating. Although it lacks the scope and the production values of James Cameron's film in many ways it surpasses it.
This is over the top, gory, and a total guy movie. The only thing it's missing is a chase scene. (If it had one it certainly wasn't memorable.) There's really nothing in this that raises it above the ranks of the B drive in movies it emulates. As a matter of fact it sinks below many of them. If this type of movie is your thing you will probably enjoy it, but if you can, go see it on a Tuesday. No point paying more than what it's worth.