It is extremely hard for a film franchise to maintain its intensity. That is not true for John Wick. As unbelievable as it might sound but Chapter 3 was even better than Chapter 2. The one thing that has faded however is the story.
Chapter 1 had the fullest plot with Wick seeking revenge for the desecration of the memory of his dead wife. Chapter 2 was about following the rules of the assassins’ world Wick lives within, and then ultimately breaking them. The story was thin at best in that chapter, but made up for it with some amazing action. Chapter 3 you would expect would be more of the same, but it wasn’t. I have never heard as many oohs and ahhs in a movie theater as I did opening night of John Wick Chapter 3. The director took the action to an unbelievable level.
The theme of this chapter is consequences. Again, like Chapter 2 things begin where the last movie ended. Wick has been excommunicated by the assassins for breaking the rules and was given a one hour reprieve by the head of the New York Continental, Winston played by Ian McShane. He must find a way out with a whole city after him. That chase scene that goes through various locations had some of the most incredible fight scenes put to film. The choreography and just ingenious methods they employed will blow your mind.
Wick then goes to various countries and locations searching for a way to escape the consequences of his actions in Chapter 2. Of special note is Mark Dacascos as Zero hired to kill Wick. He added new dimensions to the classic villain with the hilarious lines and situations they put him in. The ending scene inside the New York Continental where Wick has to ascend a series of stairs before getting to Dacascos I’m sure was inspired by Bruce Lee’s last and posthumous film, Game of Death. Amazingly there is even less of a story to this chapter than the previous one and yet it was actually better.