The pain and the beauty (mostly pain) of small towns and the process of growing up perfectly portrayed in 119 minutes.
I know this movie has its own rich history it’s exploring, but to a simple-minded American like myself, I can’t help but think of all the parallels to our own vampiric fascist currently leading one of the major political parties.
A lot to unpack here. It starts slowly but once I understood what it was doing, I was hooked.
There are many reasons why this is the best movie in the franchise, but I think most of it comes down to Stahelski clearly taking a step forward in his filmmaking. He could always shoot action (obviously), but everything around the action is elevated here. This movie doesn’t bog itself down in the boring terminology and rules of Parabellum, and yet the world feels bigger and more fleshed out than ever. I love it.
(I felt the influences of Ford, Eastwood, Kurosawa, Scott, and Lean, just to name a few)