John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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This film was very loyal to the source material. The visuals were amazing and I wouldn't be surprised if the effects and make up were nominated for some awards. The acting was decent. Scarlett Johnasson's performance was pretty mediocre. The movie and story really lacked any larger consequences and it really didn't suck me in at all. The movie (just as my score would indicate) was about as mediocre as you can get.
I don't give out 5 star ratings very often but when I do, it is for a reason. As far as comic book movies are concerned, I would put this film right up there with The Dark Knight as the two best comic book movies of all time. While the Marvel movies are excellent in their own right, they are amazing for flashy comic book movies. The Dark Knight (and now Logan) are not only great comic book movies but they are also just great films. Logan comes off as a violent family western road trip action chase film. That may seem like a lot, but that's what it is. The action is great, the acting from Jackman & Stewart is superb. Dafne Keen steals nearly every scene that she is in. The script is also packed full with emotion and effective plot beats.
Just as I would say with The Dark Knight, you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy Logan. I would recommend it to everyone.
Shyamalan really comes back to true form in this one. James McAvoy really should win awards for his near one-man show playing countless characters trapped in one man's body. Compelling writing and in typical Shyamalan fashion, there is a twist at the end. I will say without spoiling anything that the twist was not what I was expecting but was better than anything I could've predicted.
I was surprised that this film came from the dude that did The Hangover. It was an interesting story although I don't think it was as good as Nicholas Cage's arms dealer film Lord of War. The relationship between Teller and Hill really drove the story. The in and out of the film performance of Bradley Cooper was also good. Give this one a go if you have some time on the weekend.
After seeing the Amazing Spiderman run, I never thought that I would see Andrew Garfield in the type of acting he has had recently (first in Hacksaw Ridge and now this). The acting from every single character in this film is amazing. This film is emotional and shows a very clear picture of the persecution of Christians (this time in 17th century Japan). The great thing about this film, however, is that it doesn't portray the feudal lords as heartless antagonists but as people who are trying to protect their culture and drive out colonial ideals. To see faith so adamantly adhered to with devotion and not violence is something that is so important today.
The only knock against this film is that it can see very slow building and like the title states, there's plenty of Silence as there is no score for the film (not even during the credits). It is a powerful film. If you are expecting anything like Last Samurai or a film with action in it, you should probably stay home. But if you want a case study in superb character development and acting, check this one out.