John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum recently received a new trailer but did it satisfy?
Keanu Reeves returns once again to reprise the role of unstoppable hitman John Wick. The 2014 film - John Wick - wasn't exactly the big event of that year, and initially passed many audiences by. However, as positive word of mouth began to generate, more and more moviegoers went out of their way to drop in on Reeves' latest. Honestly, when it first released in cinemas it looked like it would be another miscalculated revival of an action star, but it proved to be anything but. The film's audience began to build and it became the notable sleeper hit of 2014; demand for a sequel was fierce.
Director Chad Stahelski's first instalment benefited from low expectations, of which was certainly not the case for his follow up effort. John Wick: Chapter 2 had to be bigger, bolder, better, and yes, it was all of these and more. Stahelski improved upon the first outing by ratcheting up the action spectacle to inconceivable and unrealistic levels, very much in the vein of the more recent Fast and Furious instalments. Tapping into the ridiculous and the entertaining, he struck a balance to create an action movie as humorous as it was stimulating. The audience laughed throughout, but they were simultaneously swept up in the confidence of the action sequences. It was a roaring success.
Again, we have arrived at a John Wick sequel with our expectations higher. We want better comedy and better action; after all, why make a sequel if its predecessor cannot be improved? Unfortunately, the trailers for John Wick: Chapter 3 -Parabellum haven't exactly given us confidence that this forthcoming sequel will be an improvement. That's not to say that this third film doesn't look impressive, it really does. Tonally, on the other hand, it looks like we can anticipate something much more sincere than John Wick: Chapter Two, and there's the issue.
John Wick has broken one too many rules and been excommunicated, left to roam whilst hunted by every assassin in the game worth their salt. The trailer tries to convey a prestigious franchise, almost as if John Wick is now the measure of an action franchise. Honestly, the second film may be one of the best action efforts in some time, but the reason it worked so well was the comedy; its approach to the genre was so maniacal that it could show us anything and get away with it. The tone of the third film looks much more dramatic, and there's a concerning lack of humour in the latest glimpse.
Now, that's not to say that it won't have its laughs, we're sure it will. It's just that the trailer exhibits a notable deviation from the reckless abandon of the previous film. Hopefully, the final film embraces the insanity of its premise, as John Wick: Chapter Two did. That's when the franchise works best. We like the films most when they break the rules, so here's to hoping that John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum breaks as many as possible.
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