‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Review

John Wick 3 ups the ante in action, cementing itself among the trilogy elite. The role Keanu Reeves was born to play, this man will legitimately kill you with anything.

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a 14 million price tag on his head – he’s the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Star Wars. Nolan’s Batman. The Godfather. Lord of Rings. These are just some of the defining trilogies of our time. Now enter John Wick. It’s honestly pretty damn crazy to look back at both these films and the star, Keanu Reeves and how far they have come. Keanu was always a fan favourite, notorious for being the worlds nicest man, and being a genuinely great action star. Then came along a little film titled John Wick, that changed the game forever. Fast paced action, great story telling and immersing us into this universe where every one from your mother to your dentist could be a high end assassin.

A book, knife, axe, belt, fists, guns, more guns, actually the most amount of guns. On land, in the dessert, on a horse, under water, seriously this man will kill you anywhere, anytime. 91 total kills, that’s how many lives John Wick takes in all sorts of ways. You might be saying, why is that number so low? Why doesn’t he kill more people than the sequel, well it’s simple really, Halle Berry steals a ton of those kills. Known as Sofia, Halle Berry and her two German Shepard’s are introduced into this incredible universe. When I first heard she was joining the John Wick world, I didn’t know how to react. She can be great, but I didn’t know if she would the right fit. Well, let me tell you, she kicks so much ass, joining Keanu in the biggest shootout of the film, where she’s taking no prisoners and appears to be a force to be reckon with. I won’t be shocked if she gets a spin off for herself. This universe is growing and I couldn’t be happier about it.

The movie opens up with John on the run after the events of Chapter 2, and it doesn’t take long for us to be introduced to Ernest played by the giant Boban Marjanovic. Watching Boban fight Keanu Reeves in the New York City library will be without doubt one of the best movie moments of 2019. If you don’t take the John Wick universe for what it is, you will have a hard time enjoying them. Yes, everyone is an assassin, yes there are gold coins and a hotel that permits you from any sorts of violence. What director Chad Stahelski has done though, is create a vast world, where you become immersed in it all. They build mythos and great backstories, and you learn to care for these characters especially John and his dogs. There are so many cool characters sprinkled throughout the world, from Winston (Ian McShane) the manager of The Continental, Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), Charon (Lance Reddick), who they actually let shoot some guns this time around and it was awesome.

Like every new installment they introduced us to new zany characters like the films villains The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillion) and Zéro (Mark Dacasos). Zero is on par with John Wick, and watching them kick the living shit out of each other was a real treat. Here’s the thing, Zero is like the worlds biggest John Wick fan, so complementing him for killing his protégés, and even for kicking his ass was such a unique and hilarious concept. The ending even reminded me of a video game, where John is climbing levels fighting sub-bosses until he got to the final and top platform where Zero was waiting. This movie doesn’t let you breathe, it’s a non-stop adrenaline rush, where the body count is sky-high. I still think it’s insane that Keanu Reeves is doing what he’s doing after everything he’s been through in Hollywood, cementing is legacy as one of the best action stars this world has ever seen.

Overall John Wick 3 is just a ton of fun, it builds on an already rich foundation, and you just want to keep watching Keanu Reeves kill people. The action is always so crisp and clean and so well executed, that it’s no surprise how many action films are stealing the John Wick method. Expect to see a lot more of these films, and if you haven’t checked out this series yet, do yourself a favour and check them out!

John Wick Chapter 3 = 91/100


‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer

I do not understand why they keep trying to make these movies happen, it’s never going to happen.

The year was 1991, the world was a much different place. In that year we got one of the best action movies ever made by the legend himself James Cameron. Terminator 2: Judgement Day remains a classic, but ever since, Hollywood has tried making new Terminator films and well failing miserably. Sometimes you just need to realize when something is over and move on. The Terminator franchise had an incredible run, but now it’s almost been 20 years of terrible sequels. The newest addition, Terminator: Dark Fate appears no different.

Cool, Sarah Conner, or Linda Hamilton herself is back. That is the huge selling point of this new installment, maybe they are going for a little Logan vibe here. She’s old, she’s beat up, but she remains a complete badass. But this whole thing just seems like a mess to me. The first two Terminators actually kept things simple, yet the action was incredible and the story telling was fantastic. Everything is now so far overblown and over the top, it just doesn’t feel like the same franchise anymore. Of course the man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, they can’t possibly do this without him. He’s old now, he’s not the same lean, mean, machine ass kicking machine he was in the 90s.

The whole thing just felt so familiar, from the villains, we get it, liquid metal is awesome, it’s time to create something new and exciting. Yes, there seems to be a new kind of Terminator played by Mackenzie Davis, but it’s just not enough. The only saving grace of the trailer was the warehouse sludge-hammer fight, which looked awesome. Tim Miller the man behind Deadpool is in control, and I guess that should give us some hope. I credit the success of Deadpool to Ryan Reynolds not the director. Time will tell, but I’ll be shocked if this gets good reviews or even makes a dent at the box-office.

Hits theatres November 1st.


‘Detective Pikachu’ Review

Warning. Your face will hurt from all the smiling you’ll do whenever Pikachu is on screen. The world of Pokémon is open for business. Expect to see a lot more of these cute creatures in the future.

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective

I feel it in my jellies. That this movie is all sorts of adorable and fun. If you would have sat me down and told me when I turned 30 years old I would be in a theatre gearing up to watch a live-action Pokémon movie starring Ryan Reynolds, I would have most likely laughed in your face. Here we are though, living in a world where Pikachu is making cocaine jokes in a live-action movie of everyone’s favourite Pokémon. I’m here to say that Detective Pikachu does an incredible job building an interesting and immersive universe, with a bunch of adorable Pokémon on the screen. Much like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, this is a classic whodunit, with a noir mystery sense of style. I was really blown away with just how perfect all the Pokémon looked. This is going to be a treat for new and old friends alike and reminds us all why Pikachu is the best Pokémon hands down.

Directed and written by Rob Letterman, he kicks off this Pokémon universe in a big way. Introducing us to all types of Pokémon and really set the stage for what’s potentially coming. All the nostalgia drops, the Easter eggs are enough to keep any hardcore fan busy. But for the most part, everyone came to see the caffeine-addicted Detective Pikachu. Couldn’t think of a better fit then Ryan Reynolds to voice this little guy. It’s the selling point of the movie, and it should please just about everyone. He’s not alone on this adventure though, he’s joined by Tim (Justice Smith) and Lucy (Kathryn Newton) who is joined by her hilarious headache induced Psyduck. Obviously, you’re heading to the theatre for the all the cuteness that is the Pokémon, but the story needs a human element to drive it forward, and keep things moving. I think the two leads are great, I even thought they had terrific chemistry. I’m not going to sit here and name every single Pokémon that pops up on the screen, but I don’t want to spoil it. Trust me, there are a ton and it’s a lot of fun to watch them interact with humans and just go about their days like we aren’t even there.

Growing up playing the card game, I was the best player in the city and playing the games, worlds best trainer. I went into this movie hoping to see some Pokémon battles and people hunting and trying to catch Pokémon. Sadly that isn’t what this movie is about, but they show us a little glimpse of both aspects, which when we do peak behind those curtains, it’s entertaining as hell. That’s where I want this universe to go, we need an all-out tournament with spectacular battles. Hunting and catching Pokémon would also be an interesting direction to take this thing. There’s so much potential with this universe and that’s what I’ve been thinking about the most since I left the theatre.

As for the visuals, simply mind-blowing really. The Pokémon are so lifelike and colourful, they did such a great job bringing them to life. They don’t talk, so using their design and body language to essentially communicate with the audience worked well. The film flows really well, you’re immediately thrust into the world of Pokémon and there are very few scenes that don’t have a single Pokémon in it. The ending takes a little bit of a weird turn, but I figured they would try to do something along those lines. This was the first trial, the feeler movie. Warner Bros made this and wanted to see how the audience would react. Future sequels will depend heavily on box office numbers, but I will be shocked if this doesn’t make close to a billion dollars. As for the final scene of the movie, I’m not sure what they are trying to do, but I’m super curious to see how others react and where they would take that element.

In order to get more of these movies, they need our help. Go out and support little Pikachu, because he’s just so damn cute. If someone wants to get me a Pikachu stuffed animal that would also be pretty sweet.

One final note. Ash Ketchum needs to be in the sequel. Misty and Brock too.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Detective Pikachu = 84/100


‘IT Chapter 2’ Trailer

Get in Losers. We’re going to kill Pennywise

It’s here! It’s finally here! Thank Christ. It’s honestly felt like 27 years since we got our last glimpse of these losers and Pennywise. If you have been following my blog at all you know how much I LOVED Chapter 1. I even did my own fan casting for the adult losers. Well here we are. We got our first look at Chapter 2 and oh boy, this looks all sorts of amazing

Between Godzilla and Pennywise not only will Warner Brothers. be battling for box-office supremacy, but for my wallet as well. My 3rd most anticipated movie of this year and I was a kid in a candy store watching this trailer, who was also scared shitless. This looks terrifying.

We know that with the success of the first, this was bound to have bigger stars and a bigger budget and you can tell by simply watching this trailer. We are getting way more Pennywise by the looks of it, as he plans on terrifying the adult losers into submission. Speaking of, all of the adults look the part, they have grown into fine looking people, hell bent on killing this damn clown once and for all. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy lead the charge against the evil clown and Chastain shined in this trailer.

I can’t say enough good things and actually how gorgeous this movie looks. Bill Skarsgard does such an incredible job at playing Pennywise and I can’t wait to see him up his game from the previous installment.

Plus this movie has the old spice guy in it. So you know everyone on set was smelling fresh to death after shitting themselves due to Skarsgard


New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Hit!

Spider-Man doing a lot of Spider-Man things! Also massive Endgame spoilers, so beware!

Is Marvel the new Pixar? Always pulling on our heartstrings. I can’t sit there and see Peter cry, over the death of his BFF. That’s right folks, Tony Stark took one for the team and Peter is safe to say a little shaken up by it. Who wouldn’t be? Tony acted as his mentor and a father figure in his life, things that Peter desperately needed. Now he’s gone and Peter doesn’t quite know who to turn to for guidance. One thing he does know, he just wants to go on a regular summer vacation and do regular vacation things with his friends.

The vacation is short lived when Nick Fury hunts him down to discuss a mission. This is where we are introduced to Quintin Beck aka Mysterio. Played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who is a terrific addition to the MCU. This is where we get a bomb dropped on us, and he’s from the “multi-verse.” Which is HUGE news, because it’s going to lead to so many possibilities and new doors opening within the MCU. It’s also their secret back door plan in case they ever want to give Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr a boat load of money to return to the MCU. I pray that Marvel decides to put a new spin on Mysterio and makes him somewhat of an anti-hero.

We know he’s the master of illusions and I would hate for that to be the twist, knowing full well that, well to quote Quicksilver, “you didn’t see that coming?”

Peter needs a new mentor and having Jake Gyllenhaal fill that void would just be incredible and then teasing us with the fact he could become the new Ironman, or Iron Spider is pretty damn cool. This movie looks great and a fantastic way to end Phase 3 of the MCU. One thing Peter needs to work on, his secret identity skills. Everyone and their dog knows he’s Spider-Man at this point.

Hits theatres July 2nd!