John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Strangely uneven, considering its premise and story line, and while the source material isn't as solid as thought, plenty of the opportunity this flick had to improve is wasted on confusing progression, attached to messy editing and dull direction, wasting the presence of A+ cast members, specially lead role Emily Blunt, whose presence lacks the grappling hook of her previous works, giving the actual appeal to Rebecca Ferguson's performance in a film too small for her.
The film progresses with a certain premise that starts off as a bizarre crime-comedy and it maintains itself on that frame for the majority of its runtime, but at times it stops playing with the goofs and pretends to be self-aware of what else it may accomplish in different territories, but even when Spielberg's direction is not always on point, Goldie Hawn maintains an enjoyable-naive presence throughout the whole film, adding plenty of its comedic element
Nahnatchka Khan has some solid comedic-direction, although conventional nevertheless, but Randall Park and Ali Wong share some strong-hilarious chemistry with each other, enough to carry on the majority of the film, even when it isn't that funny, but thankfully its cleverness is bigger than expected, and the appealingly-charm presence of Keanu Reeves portraying himself helps to bring an unexpected life to an average comedy.
With a superb combination of dazzlingly energetic dance-musical numbers, terrific portrayals from Richard Madden, Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as the excelling main lead in Taron Egerton, Rocketman might fall into some conventional storytelling aspects, typical out of a biopic, but Dexter Fletcher's take on the iconic popstar has a unique (and surprisingly profound) way of telling its own story by adding context and thought-provoking themes to an already exhilarating film.
Nicely shot, for the most part, and well performed as it should be, considering its cast-quality, Dark Phoenix comes as a fourth and last installment of the now former X-franchise, but unlike what it could be expected out of a last entry of a veteran saga, the film never exploits a considerable potential or the expected grandeur of these characters, delivering mostly decent action without any effective substance to it, mostly due to Simon Kinberg's mildly-solid script and inexperienced direction.