Munoz: Final ‘Wick’ installment is a fitting end for the franchise

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Lionsgate Films

The fourth installment of the “John Wick” franchise released on March 24. This is the final edition to the “John Wick” films and it marks the end of Keanu Reeves’ time portraying the New York assassin.

Helena Munoz , Staff Writer

“John Wick: Chapter 4” marks the end of the John Wick franchise that’s revolutionized action movies for the past decade. Ever since the first movie was released in 2014, director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves have managed to top each new release by doing an incredible job expanding John Wick’s lore and universe. With “Chapter 4,” they once again deliver an amazing and exciting movie, one that is the perfect ending for the franchise.

While “Chapter 4” is the longest of the four movies, there is no stale second — the film is packed with fight scenes and thrilling moments left and right. The movie features scenes from across the globe, making stops in Osaka, Paris, New York City and Berlin. It introduces new and exciting characters along with a new villain, the Marquis De Gramont, whom we instantly love thanks to Bill Skarsgard’s incredible performance.

The “Wick” series is famously known for its action scenes, and “Chapter 4” does not disappoint. The stunt work and choreography from beginning to end are astonishing to watch. For example, the 30-minute fight sequence in Osaka with swords and martial arts was jaw-dropping. The sets and designs throughout the film were gorgeous and made the violence look like a ballet.

When asked about the shocking ending, Reeves said the only reason they made a fourth movie was for it to be the last. Therefore, John Wick had to die “For him to get his peace, or freedom, in a way,” he said.

“John Wick: Chapter 4” is the bigger and better film of the series. And although this marks the end of the franchise, “John Wick” films will always be remembered for reviving what was once the dead genre of action movies with its unique execution of fight scenes.