John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)

Chad Stahelski directs Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen and Ian McShane in this final episode in the retired hitman tries to re-earn his freedom action saga.

Yeah… I’m guessing it is long. But there’s plenty to love here. The beauty of the whole thing. Should gun movies look this fuckable? The new guys: Shamier Anderson and Rina Sawayama but especially Donnie Yen’s unwaveringly calm blind assassin. The set pieces are epic. Really put you through the wringer. My only quibble is the Arc de Triomphe fight in moving traffic bends the laws of physics too much. It only really is exciting if when you get his by a car, you die. And I know this is a cinematic universe with Kevlar tailored suits. Sometimes the borrowing is a bit too obvious, sometimes the talky talky stuff does feel inessential. Still this is exactly what I want from my action cinema so it seems churlish to complain the portion is too big. Should there be more Wick? Probably not… but very few franchises end on a high. This one might just.


Perfect Double Bill: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)

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