Movie Review: John Wick comes to a bloody end



The breathtaking fight scenes and plot twists in “John Wick: Chapter 4” keeps the franchise feeling fresh.

Naamah Silcott and Jenica Felicitas

Despite being the fourth entry in the franchise, “John Wick: Chapter 4” manages to keep it feeling fresh with its breathtaking fight scenes and plot twists. The final chapter of this movie series definitely wrapped it all up with a powerful punch. 

The movie opens with the same characters it ended with in the third, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) and Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). The opening shots are more artistic than the rest of the movie but immediately suck the audience in. The cinematography was one of the highlights of this film, the angling of shots helping in the selling of suspense, sadness and overbearing weight on the characters involved in this story.

The main character, John Wick, is being hunted down by the Marchese (Bill Skarsgård) who’s been hired by The Table. Along the way, Wick depends on his friends’ help to gain his freedom from being an assassin. 

Throughout the movie, certain scenes highlight Wick’s face with beautiful lighting that opens up his emotions and struggles to the viewer, which is something the Wick series has never shied away from. In this movie especially, the lighting is almost imposing and unbearable, showing just how demanding this situation has become. For example, there is a scene at a church where Wick and another character are in the dark, showing the inner conflict going on in his head. 

There is so much focus on the name that John Wick has built for himself, like a heavy shadow of his dark past self following him around, poisoning his current reputation. People see him as a skilled assassin, but they also see him as someone who could get the job done. In doing so, it blinds the viewers from seeing the rest of him, a tired man who just wants his freedom back.

There was a specific scene in the movie that was beautifully executed. In one of the fight scenes, John Wick is seen fighting at least 10 guys in a building. The scene was shot in one rolling take, which was taken in an overhead tracking shot, capturing how John Wick moved between rooms and had constant threats after him. 

The “John Wick” franchise originally planned on stopping the series after the fifth movie. However, they decided against it and are planning on creating a spinoff series called “Ballerina,” starring Ana de Armas as the new main character. However, fans are speculating that John Wick may make an appearance again due to the post-credit scene. So stick around to see it and form your own theory.