John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) showcases some lush visuals, a cheeky sense of humor, and, most importantly, coherent and intricately-choreographed fight sequences. Nevertheless, the 2014 original remains the best in the series because of its crisp pacing (it’s still the shortest entry) and simple, but effective, characterization. For me, the small pleasure of watching Keanu Reeves kill someone with a book outweighs the other, grander set pieces on display in Parabellum. The sequels have become bogged down in their increasingly elaborate world-building and have lost sight of the original’s nimble style and wit. Alas, John Wick has become Marvel-ized.