John Wick Chapter 4 Movie Review
Director: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsg6rd, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shamier Anderson, Lance Reddick (in one of his final roles), Rina Sawayama, Scott Adkins, and Ian McShane
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Music: Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard
With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to
John Wick Chapter 4 Movie Review:
Stuntman turned writer/director Chad Stahelski struck gold with his 2014 surprise hit John Wick. It was somewhat of a comeback for the legendary Keanu Reeves and reinvigorated the action genre. Since then it’s become THE action juggernaut franchise.
Now we are on number 4 and while usually things get redone with that amount of sequels, this film innovates and thrills to new heights in an absolute epic. One of the most surprising aspects of this particular entry, is the story being written as well as it is.
Something that is hard to come by in the genre at times. Not saying the others in the franchise weren’t but this is easily the best story diving deeper in the high table aspects as well as John Wick’s true emotions .
The rich characterization is also at its best with outstanding additions like Skaarsgard, and even more screen time for supporting greats like Fishburne to compliment the magnificent Reeves. RIP Lance Reddick.
It’s nice to have such substance amongst the endless high octane ballistic visuals. Speaking of ballistic, this movie goes more all out than any I’ve seen for insanely well crafted choreographed shootout and fight scenes.
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Stahelski/ Reeves prove their action minds are ever evolving. These guys were born to make action movies together.
Covering four continents, we get fights on a massive set of stairs, fights in the middle of traffic, at one of the coolest looking hotels ever shown on screen, and so on. The fighting, of Course, is exceptional, and it brings nunchakus, dogs, throwing stars, swords, guns, and so much more.
It’s everything a John Wick fan could want and, because these films are so technically proficient, you never feel like you’re missing any of the action.
Possibly the most creative choice is my favorite scene, one that combines a visually fantastic weapon with a shot choice that is unusual for action films of this nature, but the combination of these two pushes the scene into maybe one of action film’s greatest scenes.
The extremely vibrant colors and plethora of locations is also a feast for the eyes. The sharp atmospheric imagery creates the ultimate backdrop for not only the action but also just the dialogue.
The sound is also top notch and perfectly compliments the intensity. It’s just an absolute sensory journey that you don’t get in too many action films aside from the Wick genre.
Verdict: John Wick Chapter 4 Movie Review
The limitless and outrageous action alone is nothing like we’ve seen before for the genre or just cinema in general. But also this rich unique story may only build Wick’s timeless character for more films in the future which at this momentum will be welcomed.
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