Baba Yaga Has Returned
John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Bill Skarsgård, is an action-packed rollercoaster.
Our beloved Baba Yaga has returned once more to grace the silver screen with his deathly presence. John Wick: Chapter 4 sees Keanu returning as the infamous hitman John Wick as he faces off with a mysterious new villain played by Bill Skarsgård. Over 3 hours long, this fourth installment of the Wick series entertains audiences throughout with its highly creative action sequences.
The storyline revolves once again around John Wick and his struggles to achieve freedom from the high table. A new villain, The Marquis de Gramont (played by Bill Skarsgård), is hunting after John for the table. The plot is entirely predictable and can get slow at times. The film is nearly 3 hours long, which feels unnecessary as many scenes feel repetitive and out of place. Most of the dialogue is decent, with a bit of comedy introduced here and there to lighten the mood. The soundtrack is terrific, tailoring every scene in its own unique way.
The acting was solid, carried primarily by Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of The Marquis de Gramont. From his accent to his interesting dialogues to his novel ideas, the character is developed quite well, and Skarsgård brings him to life. And do we even need to talk about the action? It may be one of the most action-packed films in recent cinematic history. But it’s not just the quantity of action in the film, but the quality. Every Wick movie comes up with freshly choreographed fight scenes, never seen before, to dazzle the audiences. However, while the action scenes aid in keeping the audiences engaged all 3 hours, some scenes may have been a little overkill and eventually get repetitive and start to feel like a video game.
Closing Critiques (Attraction/Entertainment Value/Experience/It Factor/Special):
Now for the important question: Is it worth watching? Definitely. John Wick: Chapter 4 has to be watched in theaters for the best experience possible. From the mind-blowing action to the phenomenal soundtrack, it’s a movie experience you don’t want to miss. While it may feel drawn out in the middle parts, the film's third act is so intense that you’ll forget about everything else.
PS: Stick around for the post-credit teaser!
Raving Rating: 7.6