Listen: John Wick, Whitman And Sam Adams discussed on Slate's Culture Gabfest
"Sir. What's. Hello. And thank you for joining us for the spoiler special for John wick chapter three parallel. I Sam Adams senior editor at sleet. And joining me are forced Whitman slates culture, editor, hey, Sam and Matthew Desam, who is the nights and weekends editor of browbeat. Lou are welcome team culture. So we're going to talk about John wick three today. Normally this is the part of the podcast, where I summarize, the plot of the movie in this case that is people are trying to kill John wick. And he kills them one of the features of these movies, which has become increasingly apparent as we get further into the series and people get more the hang of it is, they're really, they're just kind of machines to string together a bunch of generally pretty amazing action sequences, and that is very much true in this case as movie starts, I think six minutes after the end of the last one to me that is essentially continuous John wick was given an hour after. Killing someone on the grounds of the hotel continental, which is sort of like a neutral zone for this international Covent of assassins. He's broken the cardinal rule of this place is given one hour to get clear before he is excommunicate oh, and basically every Stassen in the world will be after him. And so we start off with the clock ticking, and about fifty six minutes and him running away from it before we get into spoiling. What, what plot there is in this movie forest and Matt, what's your position on the John, wick series, thus far going into part three? Yeah, I reviewed the first one for slate and really loved it. And it was it kind of came out of nowhere. And people were kind of shocked at how smart and funny, this new cana- Reeves movie, was, I mean, Keanu had been coming off a sort of low point in his career. I guess, and then I I've generally really loved these movies ever since while also feeling slight. Queasy about them. I mean, they're extremely violent and I have sort of limited stomach for that. And they're also like, extremely fetish icing of violence and specifically of guns, but they're also very funny, and I think work best for me as a comedy, and this was, maybe my favorite one. I'm not sure where you would rank them Desam. I believe you reviewed the second John wick for slate. Yeah, I, I, I loved the first one to for the same reasons you're talking about the second one I found, like I I liked it. And there are some very like smart and well executed things in it. But I just found it the violence got a little tedious in that one this one. I loved a great. I mean, as you say, I have all the guns in it and so on. But I yeah, I thought it played more as like a slapstick kind of thing around, and I like it a lot, an important thing to say to put up for listeners who may be coming into the series part, three. And I should say, although the on the one hand, it has this fairly sort of complicated in ornate. Mythology very little of that is necessary to understanding. What's going on with the plot? So you can really feel free to jump in and any point. This is not something where you really need to see. John wicks one and two to get what's going on in this one, which, again, is he's trying to kill people. They're trying to him. And I would even add that, like, if you've seen the previous two movies. I mean, maybe I just don't remember them that well, but, like all of them mythology of these various tokens and stuff it a lot of it feels like they're kind of making it up as they go like, in other words, even if the previous movies. I'm not sure exactly how much sense it makes right? I mean, I think the only important thing to know about the series is, as you mentioned forest Kiani, kind of hadn't really done a major movie really since the end of the matrix sequels in two thousand and three and this series came out of the co director of the first movie in director of the second is chats to Helsinki, who was a stunt coordinator, and before that, a stunt performer,"