John Wick (Franchise)

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum; The third entry in John Wick’s ventures is an awesome watch. Everything about the film works very well together. Keanu Reeves reprises the star role along with the likes of Ian McShane, Halle Berry, and Lance Reddick as supporting cast members. Each character they display is great within this franchise’s built world. The story is jam packed with action around every corner, making for an amazing experience. Said action has some of the best choreographed fight scenes ever. Unfortunately, all the intensity holds back any possibility of a driving story. While the plot is quite compelling, not much really happens in consideration of a 130 minute runtime. By and large, John Wick as a series has slowly digressed from its emotion rich style and more into the visuals and entertaining fights. It’s not necessarily a bad change, but the balance is far off from the greatness of its predecessors. Cinemaster Score: 8/10

John Wick; John Wick was the sleeper hit film of 2014. No one expected some B movie action flick starring an old Keanu Reeves to be as good as it was, and yet, it spawned two successful sequels. It did so by having wonderfully choreographed action scenes, containing some of the coolest sequences we’ve seen in an action film to date. Accompanying said action scenes is a story that crafts an expansive narrative filled with lore that perfectly sets up future installments. The movie’s best quality is perhaps how gracefully it integrates Keanu Reeves back into our modern pop culture – with his stoic demeanor and stiff charm on full display for us. His presence is so notable as the title-character that even though he has played some of the most iconic people in cinematic history, it’s difficult to not immediately identify Reeves as John Wick instead of, say Neo. The John Wick franchise is Reeves’ magnum opus and this film is what reignited our obsession with the iconic star. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

John Wick: Chapter 2; How John Wick: Chapter 2 managed to be somehow bigger and more stylized than the first is a question we can’t answer. But we can point to what makes this film so great for starters. Not only do we get another stellar performance from Keanu Reeves, we also get a story that is rich in atmosphere and tension. The film is one supercharged action extravaganza that never lets up, as it seamlessly weaves a plot full of twists and intrigue through a bevy of jaw dropping stunts and gun-fu mayhem. All shot in some of the best cinematography you’ll find for an action flick this decade, with glorious tracking shots and an adversion to shaky cam nonsense. Throw in a level of worldbuilidng highly uncommon in such a genre, and you get one of the very best films to emerge from Keanu Reeves’ illustrious career in years. Cinemaster Score: 8.5/10

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