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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Winston's actions in the last scene. Did he actually intend to kill John at the end or was he merely pretending to play along to satisfy the Adjudicator to save himself from the High Table's wrath and get his Continental business back? If he really wanted John dead, Winston could've easily shot at John's unprotected head instead of shooting multiple times at John's bulletproof suit and arrange the incident in such a way that John could still make his way out if he didn't die from the fall. He also didn't bother to double check if John is really dead until the Adjudicator informed him later despite knowing that John is Made of Iron and he had survived much, much worse than this. He also doesn't seem particularly surprised or concerned that John's body isn't found. Not to mention that his conflict with the High Table comes from him giving John a chance instead of just killing him in the first place.
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    • Would Zero really not have stopped at the sight of kids like John did? Was he letting them pass and holding back so John would be focused on fighting him without the concern of bothering civilians? Was he only just trying to freak out/impress John with how ruthless he could be?
  • Awesome Art: This poster casts John as the Angel of Death in a faux-religious tableau where the beams of light emanating from his halo are the blades of medieval weapons. It's insanely detailed and dripping with atmosphere.
  • Awesome Music: From the first trailer there's "The Impossible Dream" by Andy Williams.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Sofia's two pet Belgian Malinois. They're adorable, loyal, great fighters and the concept of armored dogs taking down dangerous gunmen just works so well in the John Wick universe.
    • The two Shinobi, Zero's apprentices. Both actors are played by The Raid alumni, and their fight with John is considered among the best in this film, which already had a high bar.
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  • Even Better Sequel: Early critical reviews have stated that the film manages to be even better than its predecessors, improving on important areas such as the action sequences.
    Rotten Tomatoes critics' consensus: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum reloads for another hard-hitting round of the brilliantly choreographed, over-the-top action that fans of the franchise demand.
  • Genius Bonus: John's Book Safe is hidden inside a copy of Alexander Afanasyev's Russian Fairy Tales, behind the illustration for "Vasilisa the Beautiful"... one of many stories featuring Baba Yaga.
  • Heartwarming Moments: In an extremely odd way, the level of respect that Zero's last two students have for John during their fight. Incidentally, this allows them to walk away with their lives.
    First Ninja: He's getting slow.
    Second Ninja: He's been retired for five years. But he is still... John Wick.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • With this film, Bronn finally gets a castle. It's not just any castle though, his facility mints the coins used by the Underworld in the John Wick universe. Even funnier after the series finale, where Bronn becomes the Master of Coin under Bran's rule. It must be a Lannister thing.
    • So this is what's Breaker been doing after the G.I. Joe's reshuffling.
    • It's the Axe Gang all over again! They're pretty amusing here as well.
    • Zero, the John Wick superfan, being more of a cat person.
    • Neo and Morpheus at the end of the film are teaming up once again to overthrow a seemingly all-powerful entity whose agents are primarily trained killers.
  • Iron Woobie: John Wick again.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The aforementioned puppy exchange between John and the Director was expanded upon:
      "It wasn't just a puppy... it was John Wick's puppy."
    • Ninja Re Bang Bang explanation 
  • Narm Charm:
    • The amount of bladed weapons thrown during the armory fight is nothing short of absurd, but considering it takes place in, well, an armory and every fighter is a Combat Pragmatist, anything else would be strange. Even more amusingly since none of the knives that are thrown are actual throwing knives a lot of them just end up bouncing harmlessly off their target. Even several of John's end up just bopping someone in the head of chest.
    • Once again, the assassins have a fight in a metro which everyone is indifferent to. And this time they are very publicly stabbing people in the middle of a crowd, the bodies falling to the floor with none of the bystanders caring. In a way it really cements how crazy this world is.
    • There are many moments during fight scenes that feature a brief Beat, as though the characters are taking a second to recognize how absurd everything has gotten. This is perhaps best seen when John is thrown through a glass case...then another...then another...then another!
    • Even with all the unlikely weapons that John has used throughout the series, it's still pretty absurd when his murder weapon is a horse, twice. But it's so awesome that it's hard to care.
    • The scene where Wick disassembles several revolvers to fire a specific bullet has been mocked as possibly the most inefficient way possible to access a weapon, yet gets a pass due to being a reference to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
    • The visible height difference between John and the Shinobi assassins (he's around their height when kneeling down) is quite amusing, but they give him such an awesome fight (no doubt in part of being played and choreographed by The Raid alumni) that they're one of the highlights of the movie.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The camera does not shy away from any type of gore.
    • John breaks Ernest's jaw before finishing him off by using the book as a chopping block for a Neck Snap.
    • John's stabbing Huang's henchman with a knife slowly stabbing his eyeball. Then he casually finishes off Huang with an axe to the head even though Huang couldn't even stand anymore. Wick did warn Winston that if anyone comes after him he'll kill them.
    • The ballerina dancing in front of the Director until she drops, first thing off is the shot from her back where her legs are seriously bruised, then later she rips off a toenail without reacting.
    • Zero storming the Director's headquarters with quick and brutal efficiency, and then impales the Director's palm without saying a word.
    • The assassin world in Wick is pretty frightening, almost everyone in New York either knows about them or doesn't even see the bodies dropping, immigrant children are trained into becoming killing machines for the High Table and the organisation's history and presence is implied to go back to the Middle Ages. Before this movie, a popular fan theory was that Winston was among the founders of the system because of how old he was and how much power he had but it turns out he is just a serf who served for forty years and still expendable in the eyes of the true power.
  • Special Effect Failure: John's "missing" finger can still be seen a couple of times after it's supposed to have been chopped off.
  • Squick:
    • In the armoury fight, John slowly forces a knife into the eye of one of his attackers. There is no Gory Discretion Shot, except in Australia where it was cropped slightly, most likely to ensure it received a lower mature rating from the censors as opposed to an adults only rating.
    • The camera is lovingly close as we watch one of the Director's girls casually tear off a toenail.
  • Tear Jerker: John finding a photo of him and his wife in the library.
    • John being forced to give away his wedding ring after cutting off his finger.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: At one point in the film Sofia proves to be a bit of a hypocrite. Despite grumbling how "nothing's ever just a conversation" to Wick, it is her who instigated the firefight between the duo and Berrada's men over an attempt at killing her dog (the dog was wearing a bulletproof vest), while the man himself addresses his senior with respect and humility. Wick visibly tries to convince her out of this, though Sofia does it anyway despite Berrada having been nothing but cordial and reasonable to them up to that point.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The motorcycle battle seamlessly shifts from sections shot on location to those shot in front of a green screen. The CGI elements are also so good that it's almost impossible to tell that the more dangerous stunts weren't actually performed by humans.


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