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John Wick 4 review: The best of the Wicks

John Wick 4 is the best of the John Wicks, and I think most will agree. Its action is off the charts, its lore deeper than the preceding movies, and Keanu Reeves is brilliant. Because of course he is! It also has a superb villain played by Bill Skarsgård of Penny Wise fame. Once again it’s directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch.

Also, John Wick gets to use nunchucks! NUNCHUCKS!

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Taking place shortly after John Wick has been ‘cancelled’ by the High Table, he’s on a revenge mission, again. Only this time being near him has terrible consequences. Wick’s friends are in danger, indeed, many won’t make it. You see the High Table have sent out the Marquis Vincent de Gramont to kill him. And this Gramont has a code. Do what he says or die. He’s a sneaky, snarky bastard of a man who enjoys dishing out pain. And he’s so much fun to watch!

I did feel like I had been kicked in the gut when I saw Lance Reddick though. I’ve always had a load of respect for him. He’s superb in Horizon Zero Dawn, and was an amazing actor. He sadly passed before the film came out, and seeing him reminded me of that. Rest in peace, bro.

Other characters who we need to mention are Donnie Yen as Caine. A blind, kick ass character who adds so much to the movie that without him I think it would have been weaker. Ian McShane reprises his role as Winston, although he’s now had to ‘move’ from the Continental. Laurence Fishburne also returns as the Bowery King, and is so larger than life I was giggling with his mannerisms.

Hiroyuki Sanada is John Wick’s close friend, Shimazu. This legend of an actor is once again superb. The honour that he talks about as a character works so well with the gravitas that he brings. His character has a daughter called Akira who I am sure we’ll be seeing in a series some time soon.

Shamier Anderson plays Tracker. A man who also has a doggy that helps him out. He’s sent to, well… track John Wick, and is very good at his job.

John Wick Chapter 4 has some real world impacts on the franchise. As you may be aware, they are making a series, and I think we’ll see some of the ramifications of this movie in it. It’s the best instalment in the series of movies too. Why? Because the action is tighter and more imaginative. And although they tend to use their suits as bulletproof shields a bit too often, the action feels metier. Indeed, there is a scene that I nearly looked away from… Nearly.

I’m curious to see what they do with John Wick 5 now and can’t wait to watch it at the cinema.

I give John Wick Chapter 4 a solid…


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