'John Wick 3' and the Danger of Going Big With a Sequel

[This story contains spoilers for John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum.]

There’s something special about the first John Wick, something that hasn't carried over well into its two sequels (not to mention its comic book spin-offs). The first film feels like a confident rejection of the sloppy Michael Bay/Luc Besson/McU Cuisinart style of contemporary American (and Europacorp-style) studio-produced action filmmaking. John Wick's action scenes feature ostentatious stunt work and choreography instead of bland coverage. Its dialogue is also stripped down to an almost Walter Hill level of pulp poetry. John Wick is, in that sense, a ...
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