John Wick 4's first reactions have landed
John Wick: Chapter 4 lands in cinemas later this month, and we've now got the first reactions to the action epic.
The new movie sees John Wick (Keanu Reeves) attempt to earn his freedom from the High Table with the help of old friends. However, to do so, he must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe.
Ahead of its release in cinemas on March 24, John Wick: Chapter 4 held its premiere tonight (March 6) in London with Reeves in attendance, alongside the likes of director Chad Stahelski, Rina Sawayama, Ian McShane and Natalia Tena.
Those lucky few in attendance have now taken to social media to share their first reactions to the new movie, including Digital Spy's very own movies editor Ian Sandwell who wrote:
"John Wick: Chapter 4 is absolutely HUGE. Yes, it's long, but its outrageously good set pieces more than make up for it. A slick, brutal and stylish action epic that sees Keanu Reeves push himself further than before."
Other early reactions called the film "brawny, bold and bass" and "one of the greatest action movies ever made", while also praising its massive scale:
#JohnWick4’s supporting cast is stacked with titans. Donnie Yen: as sharp & swift as ever. Hiroyuki Sanada: amazing. Marko Zaror: an unrelenting beast. Scott Adkins does deep character work. The way Rina Sawayama doesn’t break eye contact tossing off her kimono gave me goosebumps pic.twitter.com/G6sglaICew
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 absolutely rocks, start to finish. Keanu Reeves finds new ways to impress with stunning action and surrounds himself by incredible franchise newcomers.
Chapters 1-3 world-built and Chapter 4 could run with all of it.
An epic big screen blast. CINEMA! pic.twitter.com/KUo69tIQys
— The Brandalorian (@BrandonDavisBD) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4's three-hour runtime makes so much sense when you're going *that* hard. The third act alone... just glorious. pic.twitter.com/TDCs74aGV7
— Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet) March 6, 2023
One of the greatest action movies ever made, #JohnWick4 tops all 3 of its predecessors in storytelling, scope & stakes, countless astonishing set pieces, hard to fathom it’s all contained within one film, Bill Skarsgård slays, a hellaciously thrilling franchise finish (?) 9.5/10 pic.twitter.com/2jDwXle21J
— Erick 𝕄𝕄𝕋 Weber (@ErickWeber) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 is a bloody good time. Great action and fight sequences. Donnie Yen is an INCREDIBLE addition to the franchise. He's a highlight of the film. Lots of surprises in this one that's going to deliver a divisive ending. See this one in IMAX. pic.twitter.com/MMCW54KydQ
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 is action cinema at its finest. This breathtaking, bloody and ballistic ballet delivers a bone-crunching crescendo to one of the greatest action franchises of all time. Pure power, #JohnWick4 is as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Reeves' Wick transcends icon status. pic.twitter.com/1tn6syfz6E
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) March 6, 2023
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4 was as badass & as awesome as I hoped it would be.
I didn't mind the lengthy runtime cause the Arc de Triomphe relentless action alone was worth it.
And the gun-fu of Keanu Reeves VS. Donnie Yen lived up to the hype.#JohnWick4 #JW4 #KeanuReeves #DonnieYen pic.twitter.com/v6E7wAB70Q
— Rama's Screen (@RamasScreen) March 6, 2023
I had reservations about John Wick: Chapter 4's nearly three hour runtime, but the movie earns it. It's an epic with smart pacing that never lets the action feel exhausting, and the set pieces are phenomenal. Great cast of series newcomers, but Donnie Yen is the MVP. #JohnWick4 pic.twitter.com/xyMbLXmXUM
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 6, 2023
John Wick: Chapter 4 is an action spectacle you don’t want to miss. Keanu Reeves and Donnie Yen are absolutely amazing in the film. It’s one of the best action movies of recent memory. #JohnWick4 #JohnWickChapter4 pic.twitter.com/q90L4nkHwA
— That Hashtag Show (Official) (@ThatHashtagShow) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 is a study in how to craft perfect set-pieces make a nearly 3 hour run time feel like a tight 90. Also, Donnie Yen is INCREDIBLE.
— Manisha Ferdinand (@Ferders) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 continues with the visceral and brutal action. We finally get the conclusion to the story, and the film brings the action to a higher level with armored ninja, fiery weapons, epic one-shot scenes, and more. Donnie Yen is definitely icing on the cake. pic.twitter.com/7N0utxj772
— John Nguyen (@JohnSpartan300) March 6, 2023
#JohnWick4 is the most EPIC installment in the franchise! While it is a bit long and suffers from some pacing issues and unnecessary story points, the movie is never boring. Just when things grow stale Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves find a way to suck you back in @JohnWickMovie
— The Nerds of Color (@TheNerdsofColor) March 6, 2023
Last month, it was confirmed that John Wick: Chapter 4 would be the longest movie in the series by some distance at 169 minutes long. We're sure it'll be worth every minute of that extended runtime though.
This time around, Bill Skarsgård takes on John Wick as the Marquis de Gramont and he recently teased his villain. "The Marquis is a young man of unknown origin who has quickly climbed the ladder within the High Table doing god knows what," he said.
"I always saw him as someone from the gutter that now savors the glittery suits he’s wearing. He functions as the new sheriff set out to rid the world of John Wick once and for all."
Will he manage to do so? We don't have long to wait to find out.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is released in cinemas on March 24.
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