Short Movie Reviews

So for father’s day my son took me to the movies. We saw two movies. Godzilla king of the monsters.

And John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum

I’m going to discuss Godzilla first.

I’m not going to lie seeing Godzilla reminded me of when I watched the Saturday morning creature feature with my cereal bowl in my lap staring intensely at a guy in a rubber suit stomping through models. At that time I cared not at all what message the film maker was trying to say I was there for the destruction.

Unfortunately the halcyon days of youth can’t be reclaimed. There is a distinct theme running through the Godzilla movie. To sum it up it is that man has screwed up the ecosystem and the only way to return it to the natural balance is to let loose all these “Titans” ie: Rhodan, Mothra, etc.. let them destroy the cities and then via their unique radiation have nature renew itself and the earth be replenished. But of course there is a flaw in this plan and it has to do with the monster they’ve unleashed, Ghidra or Monster Zero.

In case you didn’t catch that let me say it clearer. In order to save the planet monsters have to men, and men’s cities. This is again a Malthusian economic system. We don’t have enough resources so we have to get rid of the excess consumers. Otherwise known as people.

Now if all you want to do is watch giant CGI monsters battle on the screen and care nothing about what the movie is saying about ecology and mankind. Then ignore the theme and enjoy the monsters.

John Wick 3 Parabellum takes place right after the events of John Wick 2. And if you sit down and think about this the entire John Wick series really has occurred in maybe two or three weeks time. So this is like three weeks of John Wick’s life, if you want to call this a life.

In this iteration John Wick is running for his life, he has been declared excommunicado by the mysterious organization that controls these assassins. As such he has no protection or resources to fall back on.

But that isn’t all, Winston the head of the Continental hotel in New York has come under the scrutiny of the “High Table” for how he handled the John Wick issue. And an adjudicator has come to administer “justice” and restore the High Table rule.

But John Wick has a plan, besides a high body count, and that is to get his excommunicato lifted by the person who is above the High Table. To do that he has to stay alive to find him and plead his case.

Now if you have seen any of the John Wick films you know that you are going to see both a lot of martial arts action and a lot of people being killed in a variety of ways. I think there is a YouTube video that lists the various martial arts being displayed in the John Wick movies. It is quite impressive. And if violence bothers you there are more than a few cringe worthy scenes that you will not want to see. So don’t go.

As a third movie in the series it does a good job living up to the other John Wick movies and the continuity of the three movies stays together. You know what kind of twisted world John Wick’s world really is, people are killed left and right and the bodies are piling up and ignored by the various inhabitants. At the train station steps, where two or three assassins are killed, nobody screams or shouts for the police. This tells you that this isn’t a real world. It maybe New York, but even New Yorkers aren’t that immune to violence.

Final review:

Godzilla king of the monsters three and a half stars out of five for the monster fights and making me remember my youth.

John Wick 3 Parabellum three stars out of five for the high intensity action and fighting.

And that is the movie reviews for this week.


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