For the handful of you who are not familiar with the John Wick franchise, I would suggest logging into your Amazon Prime accounts right now and looking up John Wick. Watch the first movie that pops up, John Wick (2014), and then come back to this article. What? You expect me to suggest the second and third parts too? LOL, as if I don’t know you were hooked and gobbled them all up together. Okay, now that we are all John Wick veterans here, let’s gather together to manifest the spirit of the fourth edition. Lo and behold, it worked! See, John Wick: Chapter 4 is right here.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Okay so, serious business. John Wick: Chapter 4 is the fourth edition of the popular series with Keanu Reeves reprising the titular role. The franchise is of an American action thriller chronicling the adventures of John Wick, a former hitman, as he takes on the challenges as his old life and his new life merge together. The movie is the perfect blend of what is modern and what is myth, and the creators make sure that we know that.
While the creators have the serious cinegoers munching on the mythological references with the creators seeing him as the Greek hero, Odysseus, they have the entertainment seekers hooked with pure action packed fun. So, no one walks out of the theatre disappointed. The creators promise more fun and more action as the story goes on, but they also promise that there would be more mythological references to give the serious ones food for thought. The film is slated for release on the 24th of March, 2023, and it is expected to sweep away the box office in one fell swoop as Keanu arrives on screen.
The movies are long, I admit that. The length is definitely not what is expected from what is seen to be a crisp action thriller. However, as the creators justified, the minutes are not wasted. They are carefully packed with well choreographed action, with Keanu having picked up the moves from professional trainers from the East, creating an absolute feast for the viewers. The movie is to pick up from where the 3rd edition left off, with John Wick looking to tie up the loose ends with the High Table.
The neo noir action thriller is directed by Chad Stahelski, and the script has been written bye Shay Hatten and Michael Finch, with the characters created by Derek Kolstad.
John Wick: Chapter 4 Story
While the first instalment of the movie was based loosely on the book “The Lone Survivor” by war veteran Marcus Luttrell, the new editions are completely the brainchild of the directors and the writers who have been trying to focus harder on the series as it inches towards reaching a conclusion. The hard-R film with action inspired from kung fu has also helped revive the star power of Reeves through some real box office magic. The new movie follows John Wick as he continues his journey into his fight with the underworld which brings him to confront his true self again. The third instalment of the franchise thrilled the action loving audience with the rich goodness of artistic action. Violent action was the norm of the series, and the sheer brilliance of the choreography and the grace in Reeves’ moves as he moved in brutish action made it seem to be more than it was, like an undiscovered art form. It helps that the director is a former stuntman and stunt coordinator who has his own experience in dealing with glorious fight scenes, and
John Wick: Chapter 4 will certainly inherit the artistic endeavours of its predecessors in the action that it undertakes. The third instalment brought on promises of a new film that would answer the mysteries that have still been left behind as we seek to make sense of the various journeys that the protagonist undertakes. The movies do not do well at the front of keeping things covert and letting the audience think for themselves. What it does do well, however, is what it promises to do –pack weird mythology with remarkable thrill and most importantly, high voltage action. Believe me when I say if you miss it, you are going to miss it. So I hope to see you at the theatres, virtually or otherwise, in March. And when you do see it, don’t forget to come to us and let us know what you think of it. Hope to bring to you more scoop as the date of release comes close by, here’s me signing off and hoping John Wick does not visit me outside the theatre screens.