John Wick: Chapter 4

John Wick: Chapter 4 ★★★★★

With its fourth entry into the franchise; John Wick Chapter 4 shows no inclination of slowing down or letting up and this film delivers itself at full throttle. 

The John Wick franchise has become a hallmark in action films and has definitely set the standard for all action films to follow. The series seemingly builds and exceeds its predecessor each and every time. Taking place directly after the climactic ending of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, we see John Wick angry and ready for his path to destroy the high table and the film takes no time in throwing you back into its chaotic world. 

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) delivers another incredible and chilling performance as the Baba-Yaga/ Boogeyman. He portrays the ‘man of few words’ so elegantly and instead continues to compose himself through his bold mannerisms and daunting facial expressions. The stunt work that Reeves does was incredible, pushing himself even further than before and he still manages to exceed expectations. The ensemble cast were also great, from returning characters Laurence Fishburne (Bowery King) and Ian McShane (Winston) to also the great introduction for Donnie Yen as Caine. 

The cinematography was incredible, with every scene highlighting the tone and feel of the world. The sheer use of lighting and shadows created for some beautifully looking moments. The one-take action set piece that took an eagle shot POV, that transitioned between rooms was genuinely an impressive feat in both its technical regard but also the striking visuals that were created. The sheer intensity of every battle and every bullet being fired was infectious to witness and made for some brilliant set pieces. The film also takes a great pace, with great use of the varying narratives to break up the action, and to also develop its plot further without slowing down. The score was also solid, with its dubstep feel that elevated the films action and style. 

With a close to three hour runtime you can’t help but lose yourself in the world of John Wick, and the brilliance of the franchise, that culminates to another great entry into the series, and it is the best one yet that completely sets the bar for all action films. Overall, John Wick Chapter 4 was an intense and thrilling watch, one that created for a beautifully shot and paced action film, that manages to deliver itself on every punch, bullet and bone break.

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