THE OSCAR PROJECT
After four years since John Wick Chapter 3 — Parabellum, the Boogeyman is back. The fourth installment of the John Wick franchise, directed by Chad Stahlenski, follows Wick (Keanu Reeves) on his journey to defeat the High Table once and for all. He travels across the globe to face off against new enemies, make new alliances, and confront old foes all in hopes to finally defeat the sadistic Marquis, played by Bill Skarsgard.
Though the film’s runtime is a daunting three hours, not once did it seem slow or boring. Stahlenski fabricated it with a perfect action to drama ratio, leaving the audience's jaw dropped by the end of the first act. Very rarely can action movies pull off what John Wick has done, releasing four movies with each getting better and better. Chapter 4 is one of the best movies of the action/drama genre, if not the best.
The action sequences are never bloated and seamlessly fit into the story without feeling forced or boring. The action is far from meaningless, with many vital plot points written directly into the action scenes. Even though you know Wick won’t die just yet, you’re still on the edge of your seat anticipating how he gets himself out of a six on one gun fight.
It wasn’t only the action, but the combination of cinematography, camera work, and location based shooting that elevates the film to new heights. One highlight is a scene filmed in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Many other scenes were filmed in similarly iconic places including the National Art Center in Tokyo, but it is the cinematography that remains the most crucial aspect of these sequences. Seeing Wick kick ass under dim lights doesn’t beat him kicking ass under neon lights. From New York City to Tokyo, the high level of cinematography remains ever present throughout.
Reeves also deserves tremendous credit for his performance in the film. Despite being nearly 60 years old, he seems barely 30 in the film. What’s more surprising is the fact that he did most of his own stunts after three months of training prior to shooting. I would challenge Chris Pratt to months of filming that involves getting hit by cars and jumping off buildings. All jokes aside, Reeves is a badass for taking on the role of John Wick and playing him so effortlessly. Even though he only has five pages of dialogue, there wasn’t a single one liner that didn’t follow with some sort of chuckle or laughter.
John Wick: Chapter 4 was amazing. It is the pinnacle of modern action cinema and will remain atop the genre for years to come. It officially marks the return of action in the movie theaters, which will hopefully continue with the Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 this summer. Check out John Wick: Chapter 4 today for three hours of action, drama, and most importantly, Wick himself.
10 out of 10