John Wick: Chapter 4: Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 4 Movie Review: A Million Ways to Kill (and Entertain)

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If there's one thing consistent about the "John Wick" franchise is that it's a guarantee that you'll find yourself with jaws wide open as you are bombarded with action sequences and fights like you've never seen before. The consistency with hit after hit (no pun intended) is an astounding feat and the 4th film takes this world-building, off-the-charts body-count, and overall silliness to new heights. And amazingly, this almost 3 hour journey through Wick's reality gels together to create one of the most astounding and outstanding action films we have seen.

When John Wick (Keannu Reeves) decides to get revenge on the High Table, he travels to Morocco and kills The Elder. This has ramifications as The High Table decides to enlist Marquis Vincent de Gramont (Bill Skarsgård) to stop Wick at all costs and anyone who has been associated with Wick is in grave danger. With the price on his head ever increasing, Wick uncovers a path to defeating The High Table but this will require him to faceoff against powerful enemies across the globe.

If we have one advice while watching "John Wick: Chapter 4" it would be embrace the ridiculousness of what's happening on-screen because this is not about reality but its about pure entertainment. And the Baba Yaga's specialty is to entertain as we all have known him from his past three outings. This 4th film just trumps the previous films in its each unique action set piece, its character and world-building, and its direction. This film will not only impress you with the kill count but how clear these kills are, how beautifully shot and lit each scene is, and how its booming soundtrack makes sure that the thrills aren't for your eyes only. 

At almost three hours long, we were seriously scared of becoming bored or desensitized at some point but these never crossed our minds once the first scene rolled. This is the kind of film that just grabs your attention and you won't even notice the minutes tick away. One of the things we noticed was that its pacing was also excellent. It was a relentless barrage of fights but whenever it needed to take a short break it did so in a way that this scenes felt essential in explaining what the heck is happening on-screen. If you expect this film to once again feature Keannu Reeves as the lead character, then you'll be surprised to find out that the supporting cast was as strong if not stronger than John Wick. Critically, the performances from Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, and Rina Sawayama meant that the future of this franchise doesn't stop on Wick alone and we're pretty impressed how smoothly this film made sure that its future is secure in one clean sweep. Of course we won't deny that the film has faults. Its story was silly, the plot armor extremely strong for certain characters, and a required viewing of the previous films. But with what it provides and what it achieves, "John Wick: Chapter 4" is a masterclass on how to create an action film that jampacked with it but isn't just about it.    

Rating: 5 reels

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