Hey there, good folks! How’s your spring going? Mine’s been crazy, which is why I haven’t seen you for a bit. But it’s great to be back! And there’s something really starry at the theater this weekend—take a look:
JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM
So John Wick has just confirmed what I thought all along—it’s okay to kill someone as long as you do it by the rules. Kidding!!! John Wick is fictional… 🙂 Of course it’s never okay to kill someone—not even if they eat all your kettle chips. In any case, #3 finds Mr. Wick (Keanu Reeves) chased by a different party: in the previous flick, the High Table tried to extinguish him. Parabellum (Latin meaning: prep for war if you want peace) adds a hotel owner: Wick has broken said hotel rules by killing someone on hotel premises.
I’ll admit it’s all a bit contrived, but you won’t care, because this movie is just so damned thrilling! It’s nowhere near as fun as the first Matrix, and it’s definitely not the same genre, but it’s so compelling you won’t be able to take your eyes off whatever screen you’re gaping at. And not just that, it’s full of pop culture references and is an interesting examination of gun violence used in cases of self-protection. The cinematography is excellent, and the acting is top notch. The dialogue is crappy at times, but, thanks to Reeves’ ability to voicelessly communicate the pain within, the flick is fluorescently alive. Anjelica Huston has a supporting role as a helpful friend, as does Lawrence Fishburne; Asia Kate Dillon is competent as the ‘Adjudicator’ and Halle Berry is… well, for all practical reasons, eye candy. The fight scenes are so good you’ll probably come out of the theater wishing for a fourth chapter. I’m pretty sure there’ll be one. Let’s just hope they don’t ruin a great formula.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
A generic teen romance starring a very pretty couple. Natasha Kinsley (Yara Shahidi) is an aspiring scientist in New York, scheduled to be deported to Jamaica along with her family; she has one day to straighten things out. Charles Melton plays the young Korean-American on his way to a Darmouth interview; his parents want him to be a doctor. They meet by accident at Grand Central. It’s a good story, but there are a couple of serious problems that ruin the movie. One, there’s no chemistry between the two leads. A romance flick devoid of chemistry is a husk. Two, there’s no sense of urgency whatsoever. Natasha has only one day to fight an extremely unpleasant fate, yet the couple stroll through New York as if she has months to work on her predicament. As a result, there is nothing compelling the audience to continue watching. There are also real-world issues sidestepped in this at-times annoyingly sweet flick. If I were you, I’d leave this boring YA romance for streaming.
And that, my lovelies, is the best of the new crop this weekend. I won’t bore you with the duds. Here’s hoping I’ll see you at the theater!