MAJOR AND MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM.
Both Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski have stated if the audiences want more John Wick films they’re happy to give them more. With the opening box office for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum looking towards the range of $55-60 million this weekend alone it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be making John Wick 4, given that it will have covered the production budget in the opening weekend (not many movies can stay that).
I have some ideas where they should go in John Wick 4 and who deserves their own spin-offs.
We already know that John Wick 3 ends on a cliffhanger for a fourth film, presumably with The Bowery King, The Tick Tock Man, and Wick teaming-up against The High Table. I’m not entirely sure if Winston and Charon were purposefully trying to kill John or give him an exit strategy, along with keeping The Contential in the process. They seemingly can’t be trusted for the moment.
I don’t think John and The Bowery King would be alone in their dissatisfaction with The High Table, seeing them go to war would make sense and would likely recruit others to help them possibly whatever is left of Anjelica Huston’s Russian/Roma syndicate, who was also burned by The High Table. Then again, Wick is a one-man army.
What I thought was a bit disappointing is that we don’t really see The High Table, as the group is seen as more of a myth in these movies until Said Taghmaoui’s The Elder shows up out of the blue. I really hope they show us the actual structure and who is who on The High Table. They’ve been built up for three movies they really need to start showing them in a bigger way other than their minions with Jerome Flynn’s Berrada and Asia Kate Dillon’s The Adjudicator acting more like bureaucrats than gangsters or even assassins.
I’d like them to actually show us what the power structure looks like in this universe.
Halle Berry’s Sofia could actually have some connections to the spin-off film Ballerina, as they talk about that John hid her daughter to keep her safe from those that would want to hurt her.
One way to connect Sofia to the Ballerina would suggest that her daughter was taken in by the Russian/Roma syndicate led by Anjelica Huston’s The Director. In the old theater, run by The Director we see random girls training to become ballerinas and boys training in judo/jujitsu. This is likely the significance of the Ballerina title and how the project connects to the world of John Wick.
Berry worked her ass-off to train for the film and the studio has an actress willing to do that grueling training on a regular basis they should bring her back as often as possible, she certainly deserves her own movies.
Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman credited as Shinobi 1 and Shinobi 2 had to be the highlight of the film’s action sequences mainly because they’re professional martial arts actors best known for their roles in The Raid movies from writer-director Gareth Evans. I’d love to see the duo return in the sequel as possible allies or eventually get their own string of movies, they were just wonderful.
I only had a few issues with this third film that I’d like to see get fixed in the fourth installment.
First, I missed action sequences with some awesome modern music playing in the background the score was very much lacking original music which was a little disappointed. The second glaring issue I had was that John Wick 3 was about 30 minutes too long and didn’t need that extra long running time for what we ended up getting, editing should be key for next time.