By Bru-Hed
All original written content is (c) 2018 Mike Pascale. Visual content is (c) its respective owners. Bru-Hed art is ©2012 and a trademark of All Ages Media and Mike Pascale.

THIS WEEK:

Keanu Reeves’ “don’t mess with my dog” assassin, John Wick, is on the run. He’s been listed as “ex-communicado” by The High Table he used to serve after breaking the rules on the consecrated ground of The Continental hotel in Chapter 2. With a $14 million bounty on his always-sweaty head, he has to fight, beat, kick, run over, stab, slice, shoot, blast and/or blow up every hitman in multiple countries while trying to save himself along with those who helped him (Lawrence Fishburn, Ian McShane, Halle Berry) in the last film…and while getting beat, kicked, run over, stabbed, shot, etcetera, himself (of course).

BRUS-REVIEWS-BUTTON

Screenplay by Derek Kolstad and Shay Hatten and Chris Collins & Marc Abrams from a story and characters created by Derek Kolstad. Directed by Chad Stahelski (JOHN WICK Chapters 1 and 2).

 

 

 

THE PRO:

  • Same focus on fight scenes and stunts and insane violence as the previous two. More incredibly creative ways of dealing death, including ways to use a book and horse you probably never knew. Wick fighting in a weapons museum is like the Cookie Monster in Keebler HQ. Great foils: Mark (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) Dacascos as a super sensei and Asia Kate Dillon as the cruelly cool Adjudicator. Special appearances by Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston, Lance Reddick and Boban Marajanovic (Philladelphia 76ers) are truly special. And this time, the dogs fight back!

THE CON:

  • If you’re expecting deep characterization, complex plot turns and social commentary, you’re in the wrong theater. (Best line of the film: “Yeahhhh.”) The Table’s office ladies are mostly tattooed hotties and Halle Berry shows a tiny bit of cleavage but forget about any sex or nudity with yer blood an’ bullets. Close-ups of a knife entering an eye and a finger getting Ginsued are a little over the top while I’m eating popcorn. No end credits scenes. As for the Suspension Of Disbelief Department, that’s pretty much the whole film–I don’t think even Captain America could survive what Wick goes thru!

THE WTH?:

  • Ian McShane and Baba Yaga from HELLBOY connection? Count the number of Halle’s dogs before and after the meeting. How do you go from NYC to Morocco and not even change your bloody shirt?

 

OVERALL RATING:

See It SEE IT!

If you liked either or both of the previous Wick flicks, you should see this, just to count the bodies, blows and bullets. (Guys wearing body armor get shot in the neck AND face, just to make sure!) Better than the two, not as good as one. The stunts are too creative not to enjoy on a giant screen–especially the library fight, the motorcycle chase and weapons store/museum battle. Just hope that the next film teams him up with Deadpool and you’ll have the biggest hit yet!

 

Later,
Bru

 

P.S.: Want some art action? Pascale can draw a fantastical fight scene with any character. Get some kickass art of your heroes kicking butt. Just ask Craig here!

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of Wednesday’s Heroes, Mike Pascale, the High Table, the Low Table, the Kitchen Table, the Dining Room Table, the Pool Table and the Folding Table in the garage. If you mess with Bru’s beer, he will go John Wick on yer ass. (His beer =  Wick’s puppy.)

Published by Mike Pascale

Mike is a freelance storyboardist, artist, writer, comic book/web comic creator, graphic designer, award-winning senior art director/copywriter, Kubert School alumnus, Spectrum Fantasy Art award-winner, guitarist/songwriter, future novelist and full-time, life-long comics fan, pop culture collector, and book hoarder. His creations include Bru-Hed™ (America’s favorite Blockhead™), The Game Buzz!™ weekly webcomic, Nasti: Monster Hunter™, Mikey Moo-Moo™ and more “™s” waiting to be unleashed from his crazy cranium.

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