John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Part 2 of Rogue, Rogue being the better. And about 15-mins too long. Ilsa should be here to stay. Lots of exposition about Julia that's a bit contrived. A good ride but somehow not quite what one might hope ... See it in IMAX, for sure, even tho' most of the picture is LieMAX letterboxed IMAX, not full screen. Always feel a bit cheated with that. The big set pieces are full IMAX however, maybe 30-mins total.
A weird story rather blandly done by an outstanding cast of former A-List names. Very weird actually, even in an era of Trumplicanism underpinned by the conservative christian right-wing evangelicals - not to be confused with actual Believers and disciple followers of the authentic Jesus of Nazareth. | ~ Norm de Guerre | PS: Fandangers should delete Douglas M's attempt at a self-published novel, below. This is not the venue for that.
Wasn't sure this would be of much interest - but the docu-styling of the drama, and the performances, esp'ly a seriously deglam'ed Robbie, make this nearly a tour-de-force, including even the VFX folks who allowed Margot to do a triple axel quite believably. And the backstory story is intriguing, too. Poor Tonya. After her dad got the heave-ho she seemed never really to have had a chance to be other than the C word having absorbed so much abuse. Give credit to her redemptive skate coach (played well by J. Nicholson) for hangin-in as much as she could. And what about those doofus boobs Harding seemed to attract and hang with ...?! Congrats to Robbie for seeing the potential in playing against (her) type for this. | ~ Norm de Guerre
The Vienna opera sequence is Hollywood action & top-class style in every way - and the rest is good, too. The only criticism, action fatique. It's that non-stop. This tops all but maybe the Dalton 007's, calibrated relatively for that era of screen efx & tech. Rebecca Ferguson is a terrific find - good she's supposed to be back for the next impossible Action Express! | ~ Norm de Guerre
A handsome film filled with nearly every southern cliché - including the lack of widespread air-conditioning. And yet, regrettably, the cliché's exist, even today - a kind of Red State ethic. But talk about a dazzling cast doing a nice job. The end seems more fanciful than likely but it's a good entertainment - and with some credibility since the author of the book from which this was adapted is a lawyer. Some jury room delibs would've been interesting but the film already is too long. In all, worth a look ... PS: Don't the '90's look quaint and lovely looking back from the present? | ~ Norm de Guerre