by Patrick Bromley
Three movies in and the John Wick franchise feels like it's just getting started. The latest entry, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum (which, according to the movie, translates to "Prepare for War"), contains the best action of the series and continues to go deep instead of wide, expanding the mythology by digging insanely deep into the world of professional assassins. I'd be hard pressed to call it the best of the series, but that's only because every entry in the series has been fantastic. It's certainly the one that kicks the most dick. And axes the most heads. And stabs the most eyeballs.
As good as the action has been throughout all of the John Wick movies -- it helps to have stunt coordinator-turned-director Chad Stahelski at the helm of all of them -- there is something next level about the choreography in Parabellum. This movie is not fucking around. There's an early fight scene with a library book that alone is worth the price of admission, topped moments later when John Wick kills some guys with a horse, topped a little while later with a knife fight, which is topped a little while later with a massive shootout that includes Halle Berry and two of the best dogs ever. Ok, to be fair, I'm not sure the shootout tops the knife fight, because I don't know if anything could top the knife fight (or its punchline). But just the fact that this movie contains one untoppable sequence but spends its entire runtime attempting to outdo itself makes it essential Heavy Action viewing. There's no way we're getting a better action movie this year.
My dick is ready.