|Title:||John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum|
|11.08.19||Internet||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2019|
Well Today didn't go as planned. Too much video games not enough movie. Plus I'm already seeing a trend of movies that I thought were streaming legitimately somewhere only to find that they are not. I guess all these streaming services are good for their landmark shows but when it comes to tracking down a year-old movie they suck unless you have some genius brain devoted solely to remembering which services have which movies when.
In any case, I had a triple feature of catch-up Hollywood films planned for my first day this year, but I dillydallied then procuring the last one took longer than expected so instead I wound up watching John Wick at midnight.
This was ok. The action was great as we've come to expect... some of the gags were quite impressively brutal in interesting ways and there were plenty of set pieces to carry through the film. I do wonder if the world of John Wick, which seemed so marvel in the first one, is collapsing under its own weight now. The story this time around was a little strained. Never mind how the entire world is seeded with professional killers at every cafe, in every alleyway, even in the middle of the desert, and let's not forget about the army of tattooed ladies in uniform updating contracts and announcing stuff... to themselves, but John Wick spent the whole movie getting un-incommunicado-ed just to re-incommunicado himself at the end? Like, could've saved yourself a trip around the world, buddy. Or at least around half of it if he just killed whatever tabletop uppity-up that was in the desert?
However, I appreciate that this started right after the last ended and these movies are notable for their action not their story so whatever... oh, one other little nitpick: that generic action scene music... I don't know if they all had it and I just happened to notice more this time, but at times it felt pretty stale.
Still, I liked it. It kept me awake deep into the night, making a fun albeit short first day to the fest.
That brings me to tomorrow and the return of the Criterion random roll. Let's see how many movies I can fit in. It could be a lot, or the dice could dictate that I watch World on a Wire instead. We'll see!