The upcoming third feature in the “John Wick” action franchise is looking to be the franchise’s best.
The first critical reviews for the film are out and with 38 counted, the film sits at 97% positive with an 8.14/10 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison, the first film came in at 87% (6.95/10) and the second at 89% (7.3/10).
In this third installment, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) has a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. Now excommunicado, the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.
Here’s some key review quotes:
“I don’t mean to give the impression that John Wick 3 is anything grander than a gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movie. But as gorgeously choreographed, gratuitously violent action movies go, it’s high art.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“An epic of choreographed mayhem that expands the Wickiverse in mostly pleasing ways, it is destined to satisfy fans of this surprise-hit franchise: If its ludicrous aspects bug you, what the hell are you doing here?” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“Fight sequences, after all, are just another kind of dance – which might make Reeves the Mikhail Baryshnikov of shooting people in the face.” – Clint Worthington, The Spool
“Three incredibly rock-solid entries in, there’s no jumping the gun, John Wick has confidently cemented itself as one of the great action franchises.” – Griffin Schiller, The Playlist
“At this point, the John Wick movies are becoming a new drug, so go get your fix. Prepare for more than war, prepare for constant exhilarating anarchy.” – Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth
“John Wick 3 is wild! The series has had high quality combat throughout but the sequences the team pulls off here are downright nuts. A perfect example of why we need a stunts category at the Oscars.” – Perri Nemiroff, Collider Video
“But its artistic ambitions-some might even call them pretensions-and expanded cast of offbeat characters would all be for naught if the movie weren’t also chock full of ecstatic set pieces.” – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
“Whatever it lacks in narrative intelligence it makes up abundantly in visual moxie, and in a medium that is first and foremost visual, that’s what makes something great.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
“With a seamless mix of CGI and stunt work, Stahelski fluidly choreographs ballets of bullets and endless violent encounters across a grim cityscape.” – Jake Coyle, Associated Press
Check out a new trailer for the film which has also just been released. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” opens in cinemas this coming Friday.