VIP Exclusive Premiere of John Wick 3: Parabellum
Cracker doodles, what a night!
Daddydaims and I were invited to the VIP Exclusive Premiere of John Wick 3: Parabellum and we used this opportunity as a mini date night (on a school night even – look at us!!!) and made all of the necessary Arabella-arrangements, got dolled up and headed over to Ster-Kinekor Fourways.
Boy, oh boy, we were not disappointed.
I won’t lie, being greeted by a photographer-lined black carpet had this chick with her little mom blog credentials feeling pretty out of place at first!
Once my nerves left the building, we spent the first part of the evening admiring and indulging in sushi platters, banana dolphins cradling baskets of watermelon slices (yep, you read that correctly) and sipping on THE most divine vanilla and Naked Grouse Whisky cocktail whilst brushing shoulders with some of South Africa’s finest celebs.
A pretty decent way to spend a Wednesday evening, I reckon.
Now, onto the best bit: The movie itself
As a bit of a movie buff, I find there is nothing more frustrating than when the only good parts of the movie are featured in the trailer and the ‘hype’ up to the release is more exciting than the film.
Thankfully, that was not the case with the third installment of John Wick.
If you know me, you will know I don’t do so well with action movies. Not because I don’t like them, but because I get SO into them!
Picture me full on sweating, gripping the sides of my seat with my heart racing something fierce.
Yoh, guys! I barely caught my breath throughout this movie.
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 is the target of hit men and women everywhere.
As you would expect, it is 131 minutes of pure, unrelenting action from the word ‘go’
When you combine great acting + genuinely insane fight scenes with moments that legit leave the audience recoiling from horror + back it up with a solid, coherent storyline = you get John Wick 3: Parabellum.
There were a couple of moments when Daddydaims instructed me to look away because my stomach would not have coped and I spent a decent amount of time with my eyes squeezed shut.
On top of the, quite frankly, mesmerizing fight scenes – we learn more about the elusive, dark underworld filled with secret hotels, staunch codes of honor and ruthless assassins that possess mad skills that sparked our interest in the first and second film.
We also get to see more of what makes John John and find out a little bit about how he came to be the super-assassin we have come to know and love.
Probably one of my favourite aspects of John Wick as a whole – excluding that the guy is fifty-freaking-four years old and still doing his own stunts – is the fact that it is straight-up, hardcore, no-frills action.
They don’t try and distract you with oiled, chiseled bodies and shirtless scenes. They allow you to absorb every awesome detail of a fight sequence and appreciate the epicness of the stunts by zooming out.
It honestly comes as no surprise to hear that Keanu Reeve’s gone and bagged himself the honor of a Hand & Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on behalf of this film.
I left the cinema 100% convinced I should start karate lessons and become the next Joan Wick (I will keep ya posted on this)
The only KINDA SPOILER you will get from me: the movie starts up pretty much exactly where the previous one ended, so I definitely recommend re-watching the second one as a bit of a refresher.
Momma Tash Xx