‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Goes For The Hattrick With $15m Weekend: Box Office Predictions

Written by Dapo Olowu

There won’t be any new major releases troubling the Box Office weekend, clearing the way for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ to top the charts for the third consecutive time.

Only fellow-Disney release, ‘Black Panther’, and Sony’s ‘Jumanji’ have stayed at number 1 for longer this year, but ‘Ralph’s forecasted $14.8m will be the 2nd lowest weekend winner of 2018, after ‘Jumanji’s $10.9m saw it beat out ‘Maze Runner 3’ and ‘Winchester’ in early February.

It’s also a gross that’ll draw ‘Ralph’ to within inches of a $140m total, just $4m behind 2016’s ‘Moana’ (another Disney Thanksgiving treat) at the same point in its run, with a view to earning around $220m by the time it ends in cinemas.

That, of course, far exceeds ‘Wreck-It Ralph’s $189.4m domestic total from 2012, but this won’t be the only sequel of the weekend looking to improve upon its predecessor’s success, as ‘Creed II’s $10m weekend should edge it over the $100m domestic mark, leaving the film just a few million short of ‘Creed’s $109.8m total.

Already the 9th biggest boxing movie in U.S. history (after only 17 days in release), the drama should leapfrog ‘Million Dollar Baby’ into 5th spot by Sunday night, with its sights firmly set on ‘Rocky IV’. Reaching the record-holder’s $127.9m gross will surely make for an exciting title fight in itself.

Before ‘Creed II’ this weekend comes ‘The Grinch’, which looks to gross $12m to continue what’s been an impressive Box Office performance so far. Seeing off family-friendly competition in ‘Ralph’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ (the latter will continue its dizzying drop with a $5.7m weekend) has seen the film rise up the ranks as one of the biggest domestic hits of the year.

Specifically, ‘The Grinch’ sits in 10th place behind ‘Venom’ and ‘Solo’ in 9th and 8th respectively, and in a few days will pass not only them in the yearly list, but also ‘The Lorax’ as Illumination’s 7th biggest film. Reaching ‘Despicable Me’ in 6th with $251.5m, however, may be a step too far for the Seuss-adaptation, which will likely finish in the $240m region.

Finally, last weekend’s only newbie ‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ won’t be terrorizing its audience for much longer, dropping by over 50% to gross $3m, passing the $10m domestic mark in the process.

Next week sees our films, after two empty weekends, come up against ‘Mortal Engines’, ‘The Mule’, and ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’. How will they fair in the face of actual competition? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

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The Highly Anticipated First Trailer For ‘Avengers: ENDGAME’ Has Arrived!

Directed by: Joe & Anthony Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Winston Duke, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vi Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Jeremy Renner, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

JUMPCUT ALL THE WAY: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Robin Wright, Bob Hoskins, Ryan Ochoa

Written by Chris Gelderd

This 2009 American motion-capture festive film is written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, is based on the classic story by Charles Dickens and featuring motion-capture and vocal performances by Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn and Cary Elwes.

1843. Christmas Eve. London, England. Ebenezer Scrooge (Carrey), a bitter, miserable and rude moneylender manages to suck the spirit out of everyone he works and meets, including put-down colleague Bob Cratchit (Oldman) and nephew Fred (Firth). Reluctantly shutting his shop for Christmas Day, he returns to his home, alone, to spend another festive season away from others.

But as night draws in, the ghost of former business partner Jacob Marley (Oldman), visits him and warns him that if he doesn’t change his ways he will suffer the same fate as Jacob in the afterlife; heavy chains weighing down his soul forged by his greedy ways. Warning him of 3 spirits that will visit him before the night is out, Jacob vanishes.

As the clock strikes midnight, so begins a night like no other for Scrooge as he is sure enough visited by the spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past (Carrey), the Ghost of Christmas Present (Carrey) and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (Carrey), all who will show Scrooge the mistakes he has made, the legacy he has lived and the pain he has caused in an attempt to salvage him and become a changed man before it is too late…

One of the greatest Christmas stories ever written, and told in many adaptations over TV, radio and film, always manages to convey the real spirit of what Christmas is all about in a heart-warming and entertaining, simple way. This adaptation, via the imagination of Robert Zemeckis, following his 2009 motion-capture animation The Polar Express, combines that same dizzying 3D spectacle with nightmarish action, well-presented characters and a well-meaning narrative.

Jim Carrey is on fine form in motion-capture and vocal mode as Ebenezer Scrooge; wiry, mean and cantankerous to the best, almost looking like a man corrupted by the bitterness he embodies with claw-like hands, a bent frame and leather face. The animation is superb, with lots of detail to every hair, inch of skin and location we see. Mixed with a great vocal performance, this Scrooge I feel is one of the best and probably one of the closest interpretations to the Dickens original; coming over at times like an old beast rather than an old man.

With good support from a fairly British cast including Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins and Colin Firth, the simple story isn’t lost amidst the made-for-3D action that we are treated to; flying through a beautiful wintery Victorian London, or around a snow-capped countryside or even down the dark and dangerous streets at night-time. This manages to capture the time in history perfectly and looks just the part, with the animation helping our characters bend the laws of physics for a fantastical tale that never puts the actors in danger as they fly, fall and fight.

For a story that nearly everybody knows so well, the way it is presented is key to staying fresh and current, and this is clearly the first 3D motion-capture adaptation giving us lots of nice touches that brings the story to life (literally) with great detail to all the settings we see; flickering candle lights, creaky wooden houses, furious snow falls.

While the film may not be generally suitable for younger viewers thanks to, once again, the love of nightmarish visions Zemeckis injects into these tales that seem innocent enough (we have laughing skeletons, terrifying ghosts who scream at the camera, feral children and demonic horses thundering towards the screen), maybe younger viewers should stick with the fluffy fun of The Muppets Christmas Carol.

But, on the whole, this is a nice 90 mins runtime and doesn’t change the foundations of the story at all. With a wonderfully rousing and traditional soundtrack that channels that festive spirit and a beautiful rendition of ‘God Bless Us Everyone’ by Andrea Bocelli, this offers a very authentic adaptation of a classic with fresh fantasy injected to take not just Scrooge on an amusing and dizzying journey, but audiences too.

‘Far Cry New Dawn’ Gameplay Trailer Released At The Game Awards

 

Seventeen years after a global nuclear catastrophe, civilization re-emerges from the chaos to find a world dramatically changed. In a post-apocalyptic Hope County, Montana, the remaining populace has gathered into different groups, each with their own rules for survival. In this new world order, the vicious Highwaymen, led by twin sisters Mickey and Lou, travel from place to place bleeding people dry of all available resources.

As the Survivors try to defend their lands against the Highwaymen’s relentless onslaught, it’s up to you to come to their aid and lead the fight. In the latest installment of the award-winning Far Cry franchise, you are the last line of defense in a transformed, post-apocalyptic Hope County. Help the community of Survivors grow stronger, craft a makeshift arsenal through Turf Wars and cross-country Expeditions, and form unexpected alliances to fight for survival in a dangerous new frontier.

Key Features

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL IN A BREATHTAKING POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD

– Sprawling superbloom fields and dense overgrowth invite you into a wildly beautiful yet deadly post-apocalyptic landscape, to discover on your own or with a friend in two player co-op.

– Wildlife has not gone untouched by the disaster, with some predators evolving rugged natural defenses.

UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS COLLIDE WITH A RELENTLESS DOUBLE THREAT

– Clash with the brutal Highwaymen and their unruly leaders Mickey and Lou. Known as The Twins, these sisters combine brains and brawn to give their army an iron grip on Hope County’s precious resources.

– Recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire to fight by your side. These new allies, as well as some familiar faces, each bring unique and critical skills to the fray.

– Find the former doomsday cult and seek out the charismatic leader who prophesized the collapse of civilization: Joseph Seed.

GROW THE SURVIVORS TO BUILD UP YOUR HOMEBASE

– Specialists join the Survivors to help you craft weapons and vehicles, train your Guns for Hire, and even go on Expeditions from the eight Homebase facilities: the workbench, training camp, explosives lab, infirmary, garage, healing garden, cartography, and expeditions.

– Grow your community and upgrade your Homebase to improve your facilities and unlock more powerful weapons and gear.

BATTLE FOR RESOURCES IN HOPE COUNTY AND BEYOND

– Engage the Highwaymen in Turf Wars by clearing their outposts and then scavenging them for Ethanol and other materials. When the Highwaymen return with stronger reinforcements, you can take on a greater challenge for even more of these valuable resources.

– For the first time in Far Cry, the adventure is not just local. Venture outside of Hope County on thrilling Expeditions to unique and memorable locations across the USA including wetlands, canyons, and coastal regions.

– Expeditions and Outposts are different every playthrough, for rewarding missions that increase in challenge and are surprising every time.

 

‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3’ Announced As Switch Exclusive

Over the last few days there’d been rumours that we were finally going to get some details on the Untitled Avengers Project that Marvel announced some time ago now. However, what we’ve received instead is our first look at Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – which will release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

The first trailer offers us a look at just some of the playable characters, which includes Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Guardians fo the Galaxy and lots more.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja and is set to release next year.

 

Reel Women: December UK Releases

Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly feature that highlights the films being released in the UK that are written and/or directed by women. This month we’ve got a couple of Netflix releases, some foreign language films, and the latest offering from the Transformers franchise. There’s plenty to tide you over this holiday season.

 

7 December

Dumplin’
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Written by: Kristin Hahn

Based on the YA novel by Julie Murphy, Dumplin’ (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston) who signs up to her mum’s pageant as a protest. But soon things escalate as others follow in her footsteps.

Anne Fletcher is an actress, producer and director. Dumplin’ is her seventh film and some of her previous films include The Proposal (2009) and Step Up (2006). Kristen Hahn is a director, writer and producer, Dumplin’ is her second produced screenplay.

 

Tulip Fever
Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Written by: Deborah Moggach and Tom Stoppard

An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Deborah Moggach is a film and television screenwriter and wrote the novel Tulip Fever is based on. In 2006 her adapted screenplay of Pride & Prejudice was nominated for a BAFTA

 

Mug
Directed by: Malgorzata Szumowska
Written by: Michal Englert and Malgorzata Szumowska

When Jacek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz) undergoes a face transplant, he suffers identity issues as he struggles to find his place again in the tight knit community he’s from.

Mug is Malgorzata Szumowska’s seventh feature film and at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival it was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear and won the Jury Grand Prix. Szumowska has won 25 awards and has another 30 nominations to her name.

 

Theatre of War
Written & Directed by: Lola Arias

A documentary that reveals the personal stories of both British and Argentinean former soldiers whose lives were deeply affected by the Falklands war.

Theatre of War is Arias’s first film.

 

8 December

Mortal Engines
Directed by: Christian Rivers
Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson

Set in a dystopian future where all cities are constantly moving across the Earth on wheels, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) fights for revenge for her mother’s murder.

Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have collaborated with Peter Jackson previously on King Kong (2005), the Hobbit trilogy, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They both won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

 

12 December

Out of Many, One
Directed by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang

Documentary about immigration has become a divisive issue in the United States.

Nanfu Wang is a director, editor, cinematographer and producer.

 

14 December

Free Solo
Directed by: Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

A documentary about Alex Honnold, the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall.

Free Solo is Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s sixth feature-length documentary. Her previous film Incorruptible (2015) is currently on Netflix.

 

21 December

Bird Box
Directed by: Susanne Bier
Written by: Eric Heisserer

After a mysterious event leaves the world in fear, Malorie (Sandra Bullock) and her two children must travel through a forest blindfolded in order to survive.

Susanne Bier has over 20 directing credits to her name and she’s also a writer and producer. In 2016 she won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special for her work on The Night Manager.

 

24 December

Bumblebee
Directed by: Travis Knight
Written by: Christina Hodson

Set in the 1980’s, a teenage girl finds and befriends Bumblebee, an alien robot from another planet.

Bumblebee is Christina Hodson’s third produced screenplay. Her next screenplay is Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).


That’s nine films made by women released this month – three of them are on Netflix. As always, we’d love to hear what you think of any of these films if you get the chance to see them. We’ll see you next year as we continue to shine a spotlight on female filmmakers.

The Game Awards 2018: The Winners List In Full

Santa Monica’s God of War took home the award for Game of the Year, at last nights The Game Awards 2018 show – as well as taking home the awards for Best Action-Adventure and Best Direction. Red Dead Redemption II claimed the most awards of the evening, riding home with four wins under their belt, including Best Music, Best Narrative, and Best Performance 

Check out the full list of winners below: 

Game of the Year

WINNER: God of War

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Action Game

WINNER: Dead Cells

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Dead Cells
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Mega Man 11

 Best Action/Adventure Game

WINNER: God of War

  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Best Role Playing Game

WINNER: Monster Hunter: World

  • Dragon Quest XI
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Ni no Kuni II
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Best Game Direction

WINNER: God of War

  • A Way Out
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Narrative

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Ongoing Game

WINNER: Fortnite

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Return of the Obra Dinn

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • God of War
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Score/Music

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Celeste
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Audio Design

WINNER: Red Dead Redemption II

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption II

Best Independent Game

WINNER: Celeste

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Intro the Breach
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • The Messenger

Best Performance

WINNER: Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II

  • Bryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become Human
  • Christopher Judge as Kratos, God of War
  • Melissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption II
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-Man

Games for Impact

WINNER: Celeste

  • 11-11 Memories Retold
  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

Best Mobile Game

WINNER: Florence

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Fortnite
  • PUBG MOBILE
  • Reigns: Game of Thrones

Best VR/AR Game

WINNER: ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Moss
  • Tetris Effect

Best Fighting Game

WINNER: Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Soul Caliber VI
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition

Best Family Game

WINNER: Overcooked 2

  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Nintendo Labo
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Super Mario Party

Best Strategy Game

WINNER: Into the Breach

  • Battletech
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4

Best Sports/Racing Game

WINNER: Forza Horizon 4

  • FIFA 19
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • NBA 2K19
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019

Best Multiplayer Game

WINNER: Fortnite

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Fortnite
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Sea of Thieves

Best Student Game

WINNER: Combat 2018

  • Combat 2018
  • Dash Quasar
  • JERA
  • LIFF
  • RE: Charge

Best Debut Indie Game

WINNER: The Messenger

  • Donut County
  • Florence
  • Moss
  • The Messenger
  • Yoku’s Island Express

Best eSports Game

WINNER: Overwatch

  • CSGO
  • DOTA2
  • Fortnite
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch

Best Esports Player

WINNER: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean

  • Dominique “SonicFox” McLean
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Sung-hygeon “JJoNak” Bang

Best Esports Team

WINNER: Cloud9

  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Fnatic
  • London Spitfire
  • OG

 Best Esports Coach

WINNER: Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu

  • Bok “Reapered” Han-gyu
  • Christian “ppasarel” Banaseanu
  • Danny “zonic” Sorensen
  • Dylan Falco
  • Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi
  • Janko “YNk” Paunovic

Best Esports Event

WINNER: League of Legends World Championship

  • ELAGUE Major: Boston 2018
  • EVO 2018
  • League of Legends World Championship
  • Overwatch League Grand Finals
  • The International 2018

Best Esports Host

WINNER: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

  • Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez
  • Alex “Machine” Richardson
  • Anders Blume
  • Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
  • Paul “RedEye” Chaloner

Best Esports Moment

WINNER: C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE

  • C9 comeback win in triple OT vs FAZE
  • G2 beating RNG
  • KT vs IG Base Race
  • OG’s massive upset of LGD
  • SonicFox side switch against Go1 in DBZ

Content Creator of the Year

WINNER: Ninja

  • Dr. Lupo
  • Myth
  • Ninja
  • Willyrex

JUMPCUT ALL THE WAY: The Polar Express (2004)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen

Written by Chris Gelderd

This 2004 American computer-animated Christmas fantasy is written, produced, and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It features the vocal and motion-capture performances of Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Tinashe, Peter Scolari and Jimmy Bennett.

In the late 1950s, on Christmas Eve, a sceptical young boy (Sabara//Hanks) is whisked away from his street by a magical train called the Polar Express, overseen by a strict time-keeping but friendly conductor (Hanks). On board, the boy meets other children including a know-it-all (Deezen), a recluse (Scolari/Bennett) and a kind-hearted girl (Gaye/Tinashe) who all become friends.

The conductor sees something special about the young boy and girl and as the journey takes many dangerous and exciting routes across, through and over mountains, ice-plains and the countryside, all three of them keep an eye on each other as they rocket towards their destination; the North Pole.

Once at the North Pole with the promise to meet Santa Claus (Hanks), the quartet become separated from the train as they sneak a look around the workshop, and eventually make their way out to come face to face with Santa, and our young hero must decide if he truly believes in the spirit of Christmas once and for all…

The first ever fully motion-captured film comes from the imagination of director Robert Zemeckis, adapted from the novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. With such a creative and imaginative director at the helm, it doesn’t surprise you to see this is fantastical journey taken where laws of physics are ignored, and the thrills, danger and excitement is heaped on sequence after sequence where it is obvious in places this has been made to profit the 3D experience on the big screen.

However, this doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of top-quality animation and the creepy-realism of the locations, the train itself, the wisps of snow, smoke and ice and the characters themselves. All are all rendered via computer animation to the point they can be 99% real, but it allows the other 1% to be escapist, thrown into danger and fantasy with no real risk to anyone – except maybe young viewers.

It will capture the imagination on first, maybe second viewing, but gradually on repeated watches, you come to see that the first 45/50mins or so is basically one long, dangerous train journey. It is also quite scary, un-nerving and perilous for our young heroes – scary hobos appear out of thin air to be in your face with demonic laughs and grins. Scary puppets are present in the rear carriage of the train that seem to have a mind of their own. The train itself is a monstrous beast that thunders towards and over the screen, and also races along the edges of cliff faces, ice lakes and mountain peaks where, if you’re not totally at ease, can be more nerve-wracking for young viewers than intended.

It edges into Tim Burton-esque surrealism with creepy imagery, peril and lots of tense moments that fail to capture a magical train journey to the North Pole but rather a nightmarish and disaster-filled ride that easily demonstrates exciting animation but loses that festive spirit in the story. Even segments in the finale at Santa’s Workshop edges us into peril and disaster, offering visual thrills as we race towards a crash or collision but are saved at the last minute. The soundtrack saves the film in places it drags; a thrilling and enjoyable flurry of music that is exciting, rousing and very bombastic with a sprinkling of festive charm along the way.

Tom Hanks does a superb job in his various mo-cap and vocal roles to keep your faith present as best he can, but it’s the opening and closing moments of the journey and the finale at the North Pole where he shines brightest – that wry, warm and witty Hanks gives us characters that are likeable and heartfelt, and his range is clearly on show. Our other supporting cast of relatively unknown actors help lend innocence to the children in their discovery of faith, friendship and Christmas cheer, while the mo-cap performances are near perfect in rendition.

So while the journey is itself not as magical as it could have been, the finale offers a few tender moments, much needed calm and a feel-good cheer as we discover what it means to believe in Christmas and Santa Claus; much more than toys and treats, but more about simply believing in all that is good, decent and honest. The message in the closing moments does tug at my heart-strings as it’s a wonderful summary of what Christmas should always be about, and how important it will be to preserve the magic for younger generations to come in a society so close to destroying it with commercialism.

I’m Really Excited For ‘John Wick 3: Parabellum’ And You Should Be Too!

Written by Sam Comrie

When I first caught wind of John Wick back in 2015, I was unsure of what to expect from this latest Keanu endeavour. I hadn’t seen the poster, let alone a trailer before I sat down to watch it in my brother’s living room. It was described to me as a “return to form”, or something to quench my thirst for Keanu + Kung-Fu action. The teal drenched frames began to roll out on his TV and 100 minutes later, I was ready for a second viewing.

A new heroic bloodshed tale happening before eyes, decades after John Woo pioneered the genre? I couldn’t believe it. Alas, there has been a renaissance in recent years of extremely well-executed actioners that strike fast and strike hard. The first Wick instalment had such an impact on me, that I used its superb nightclub sequence in a university sound design project (it wasn’t very good but I tried!).

Jump to 2017 and Chapter Two ended up as my favourite of the year. That movie took me to another god damn realm, so much so I ended up seeing it twice at its advance previews, each showing in a row. In an industry where sequels and expansion have increasingly become the norm, this companion piece doubled down on all the best parts that Wick had going for it. Elusive worldbuilding, intriguing traditions and characters all woven into a cocktail of supremely satisfying action.

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While Chapter Two might have become understandably… a little too overblown for some audiences, it has set the foundations for what could be an arguably *perfect* trilogy.

It is hard for me NOT to be immensely excited for Chapter Three / Parabellum; but I also know that it’s important to temper my expectations. I’m sure that most of us build up our own idea of what a film should end up like once it’s on that cinema screen. We tailor images and rumours to fit our version of a project that isn’t even completed. That can be dangerous and a detriment to how I dissect a final product.

On the other hand… it’s also part of the fun. Now, unfortunately, I’m going to have to get into spoilers regarding Chapter Two. If you haven’t seen it, then I recommend coming back once you have. If you’re not bothered, then you’ve been warned.

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In the final moments of Chapter Two, Mr Wick is declared EXCOMMUNICADO by Winston, the owner of The Continental (New York branch) after murdering Santino on company grounds. However, he has a one hour grace period to escape the city with his life and his dog. After that, it’s open season for every other contract killer in the assassination underworld to claim their reward for Wick’s head.

Tyler Bates menacing score plays over Wick as he begins his escape. Fin.

I sat there in that cinema screen, jaw on the floor. While it’s common in the heroic bloodshed genre to leave a hero in peril or at an odd’s end, I was still honestly shocked that this is where the story ended up going. John Wick is basically done for. Despite all his immense skill and deadly tendencies, I wasn’t confident in his future going forward.

There will still questions to be answered and maybe they still won’t be come May 2019. Who the hell are the members of the High Table? How is Wick going to get out alive?

I have no doubt that Stahelski and co. will bring the same determination and passion in the next instalment, while still expanding on this neon noir landscape they’ve created. I mean, the latest set pictures show Reaves riding a damn horse through the city, in pursuit of bikers. Just declare it the best film of 2019 now, to be honest.

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Narrative resolvement and expectations aside, what really excites me about is the prospect that this franchise came out of thin air from an independent stunt team because of their undying love for their craft. John Wick was a new canvas for them to explore and reinvigorate action filmmaking (with a healthy dose of Keanu).

It’s a superlative symphony of action filmmaking, waiting for its third act conclusion.

You can bet for sure that I will be there midnight showing / opening day when Chapter Three / Parabellum drops on May 16th 2019.