John Wick 4 was beautifully enrapturing. It literally brought a tear to my eye in the theater and not because of anything overwhelmingly emotional happening in the story at that moment but due to the sheer passion and quality instilled in John Wick to craft it into such a breathtaking franchise. Witnessing the conclusion of this film series erupt into the spectacle that John Wick 4 is, I couldn’t help but be motioned by the pleasure and gratitude of being a spectator to such an experience filling me up.
There is no doubt John Wick revolutionized action films with its exhilarating fight choreography, smart characterizations and stylish cinematography. John Wick 4 continues this trend and incredibly takes it further. While there may be some moments where you will have to extend your suspension of disbelief further than expected, the minimalistic nature of such moments dwarfs in the face of the cascading artistry marked through the electrifying onslaught and stunning brutality showcased throughout. The dynamic and personified nature of the action captures not only your attention but the narrative and identities of the characters in focus. You are continually submerged within the excitement and the mystifying end awaiting John Wick after the journey he has been on throughout these four films.
With all the emotions that have been building up throughout his journey, the concluding scenes will generate cathartic moments inspiring you into celebration. Not in the presence of victory but in the light of life which creates a curious contrast as this concept rises from the ocean of blood and bodies paving the stairway elevating it up. The conclusion will give you pause and lead you into wonder. This chapter may be over but I don’t believe this world of assassins shrouded in secrets and weakening rules is…
One other element adding gravity to my enjoyment is how John Wick 4 does Cowboy Bebop better than the live-action Cowboy Bebop Netflix series did. If you have seen the anime series and seen John Wick 4, you will know what moment I am talking about. If not, think about the most iconic moment in Cowboy Bebop. John Wick 4 captures the spirit of that scene quite profoundly. Which is quite the full-circle type of moment because at one point, Keanu Reeves wanted to get a live-action Cowboy Bebop film off the ground – he is a fan of the anime.
The John Wick films aren’t just films, they are art. This film has my absolute recommend. If you are a fan of John Wick or artistry in general, you will love John Wick 4.
Enjoyment level: 10/10