They commonly say the third film in a trilogy is often the worst and most of the time they’re not wrong but there have been exceptions that proved against the rule. “John Wick: Chapter 3 - ” is anything but the antithesis to that: it might probably be the best we’ve seen of John Wick so far. Heavy-handed and overwrought but innovative and proactive in what in displays and shows, this installment only continues to up the ante as far as direction, visuals, style, acting and especially the world building. The way it interacts let alone co-aligns with the story surrounding John and his path for redemption keeps us enthralled on the journey of this cursed soul while expanding it’s glorious universe through color palettes and beautiful neo-noir imagery. And the action sequences easily surpass that of the first and second films, doubling up on the long takes and choreography equaling of course plain visceral popcorn entertainment. Gun-fu, at its finest.
It’s informative, silent but deadly. It’s brutal. It’s blissful. It’s funny in some cases. It’s shockingly effective despite its goofy narrative and lack of substance. It’s balls to the walls action doubling up on the giddily kinetic energy. It is literally everything and more that you’d want to see out of a John Wick movie. I had such a good time watching this in theaters, it literally left me begging for more as I did not want this movie to end.
What really could satisfy me more than this is possibly an Equalizer crossover or a full on Matrix reunion in the next John Wick film with either Hugo Weaving or Carrie Ann-Moss. But regardless, we have another film in the running for one of the best films I’ve seen this year.