Movie Reviews

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

john-wick-chapter-3-parabellum-2019Director: Chad Stahelski

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Runtime: 130 Minutes

Main Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston

Plot: Directly following on from the previous movie, John Wick is now on the run after killing another member of the international assassin’s guild. Men and women worldwide are now after him, and there’s a $14m bounty on his head.

My Thoughts: I was dragged into the John Wick franchise just before the second movie came out. The husband wanted to go see it so we watched the first one together the night before. It was pretty good! I don’t mind action movies, I don’t often rave about them but they’re enjoyable enough. When the second one introduced all that world-building, I was sold, I think I enjoyed it more than the first. So I was dead excited to see Parabellum! Just as I was leaving the house my husband said: “Oh just so you know, Keanu Reeves can’t run and you’ll never be able to unsee it now”. Thanks!

The opening scene in Parabellum? Keanu Reeves running through New York City. Are you kidding me? Sorry to anyone else who now can’t unsee his Phoebe run. ANYWAY. Let me tell you about how much I loved this movie. I freaking loved every minute – it’s honestly on par with Avengers: Endgame right now. This is the standard that all action movies should aim for!

John Wick beats up a guy and snaps his neck with a book in a library, slaps a horse’s rear so hard that it kicks back and kills another guy, and then he rides that horse in the rain down New York’s busy streets, taking out assassins on motorbikes. All that happens in the first 20 minutes. I was exhausted by the end of the movie! The choreography of the fight scenes is just absolutely second to none, if ever there was an argument to be made for an action movie Oscar this is the time.

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Best Bit: The knife fight was my favourite of all. I’m normally a quiet cinema-goer but even I gasped out loud several times, it was so brutal! You thought John Wick was good with guns? Man knows how to toss an axe!

Worst Bit: Have the bad guys in this franchise really not learned their lesson yet? You don’t hurt the doggos!

Fun Trivia: When shooting in Essaouira, Morocco, the set was besieged by hundreds of stray cats. According to Chad Stahelski, the crew had to build literal walls of cages to house them and, more importantly, to keep them from distracting the dogs featured in the scene.

My Rating: Guns. Lots of guns. Actually only 5 guns…but that’s still full marks from me!

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Movie Reviews

Review: The Guest (2014)

the-guest-movie-review-2014It’s happening again, you guys. I can feel a new obsession coming on, and this time it’s in the form of Dan Stevens. I spotted The Guest on a monthly recap list another blogger wrote recently (I can’t remember who – sorry!) and it sounded like my cup of tea. The fact that Dan Stevens played the lead was intriguing, I’d so far seen him as a big furry beast and a messed up X-Men Mutant, so I was interested to see him in another role. I’ve got to say though, how does he managed to look so much like Bradley Cooper in this poster? It’s weird!

Anyway, the plot is simple enough. Dan Stevens plays David, a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their Son who died in action. However, this isn’t a airy fairy drama where David reconnects a broken family or anything like that. Instead, a whole pile a seemingly accidental deaths take place, and things start to turn a bit weird.

I don’t even know how to describe the tone of this movie, it might be different for everyone. For me it was a cross between Drive and Crazy, Stupid, Love! It had those moody, dark scenes, a stand out soundtrack, but also some outrageously funny mentoring scenes and sex appeal. I’m not kidding about that last part! I had to send my friend Steph (she understands me) a screenshot of Dan Stevens stood seductively, knowing full well what he looked like, wet after a shower and naked except for a towel that was dangerously low. *cough* Is anyone else warm?

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If I tried to be a real blogger rather than a fangirl, I’d tell you that the pacing is completely off in parts, and that the final third is somewhat confusing and a bit of a cop out. It also feels quite long considering the reasonable runtime. I read though that around 20 minutes of footage got cut before the release, which explains the confusion at least. Nonetheless, it’s a movie well worth watching as it’s something a little bit different! Plus Dan Stevens. Did I mention how blue his eyes are?

So where do I go next? I really, REALLY don’t want to watch Downton Abbey (it’s not my cup of tea) and so before I start the downward spiral of working my way through his entire filmography, can any of your recommend me some good Dan Stevens movies? I’m off to see Colossal tomorrow night which I think he’s in, although in a minor role.

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But anyway, I do recommend The Guest, but only if there’s nothing big at the top of your watchlist. It’s a bit of fun, and it’s something both guys and gals will enjoy.

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