One or more of the following adjectives may cross viewers’ minds while watching John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum: violent, colorful, theatrical, balletic, polished, baroque. Though reducing the film — photographed by Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF and directed by Chad Stahelski — to its basic components seems akin to disassembling a luxury vehicle in lieu of driving it, its precision engineering is truly a marvel to consider. Laustsen had just wrapped 2015’s Crimson Peak with Guillermo del Toro when Stahelski asked him to go behind the camera for 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2. “Crimson Peak was a very dark and colorful movie,” says Laustsen, who received ASC and Academy Award nominations for his distinctive cinematography in del Toro’s The Shape of Water (AC Jan. ’18). “Chad wanted that for his film as well.”  Stahelski’s background is in martial-arts stunt work, with credits as martial-arts choreographer for Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi and martial-arts stunt coordinator for the Wachowski siblings’ Matrix sequels; 2014’s John Wick (co-directed with David Leitch and shot by Jonathan Sela) was his directorial debut. “In Hollywood, action filmmaking was kind of looked down upon until The M...