The action movie master is back, and saved his best for last.
Score: 5 / 5
The John Wick franchise has been one of the rare examples of always improving on the last entry. The original was a great concept, the sequel built a world around that concept, and the third reveled in everything that has made the franchise exciting. Chapter 4 does everything that 3 did but better. It does this while also being the longest movie in the franchise. Getting closer to the three-hour mark than two. This entry feels like star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski wanted to throw everything they could into what could be a fitting conclusion to the tale of the Baba Yaga John Wick.
When I mean throwing everything, I mean everything. This movie feels almost like a video game in structure. It has a samurai level, it has a western level, hell one scene straight up looking like a top-down shooter game (which by the way is so freaking cool). Every time you think, wow it can’t get wilder than this, can it? John Wick answers back with, “Yeah.” Another touch of genius is while this movie is laser-focused on John finally getting the peace he has always wanted; it lays the groundwork for so many interesting side stories. It’s like John Wick’s Avengers Endgame in that way. This is accomplished by building out a very impressive cast around Reeves.
There is Donnie Yen’s blind assassin Caine, Rina Sawayama’s Akira, and Shamier Anderson’s Tracker that could all easily continue on in a story of their own, or they could not, and it will still leave our imaginations to wonder what could come next. Yet even with all these new moving pieces the story still falls on John wanting an ending to his story. What was clever about this ending was that I could easily see this being the end or see how they could keep things going and I’d be satisfied either way.
All this talk doesn’t even begin to do justice to another entry with insane stunts and action scenes. Each movie has had a moment that really sticks out, I’d argue this one has three, and they all last far longer than any other action movie would dare to go. This movie’s spin on the car chase scene turns into an amazing car gunfight scene. This movie is a ride, and one that kept me engaged from beginning to end.
I cannot praise this movie enough. It somehow tops all that came before and gives a conclusion that feels earned. That’s not something we get to see that much when it comes to a franchise, and while the spin-offs could crash and burn, we will always have the four-chapter tale of the man named John Wick.