John Wick never had to go as hard as it does, but it continues to anyway with a deep respect for its bonkers world building, its characters, its dogs, its action and its indulgent, decadent runtime with the arcade-inspired Chapter 4.
There are some skeleton tattoos, but nothing too spooky. Countless folks begin their journeys towards skeletonhood
My VHS cover pull-quote: “When he’s done murdering everyone, John Wick should open a dog rescue.”
This is like The Return of the King of Bill & Ted movies. As much a celebration of the first two as it is an examination of the way our past selves inform our future selves and our past failures (and successes) color our opinions of our younger counterparts or something. Heartwarming, well-written, and totally non-bogus. It’s a Bill & Ted movie (without the three or so dated instances of homophobic language from the first two (“yikes!” I said during a rewatch of them last week))!
My VHS cover pull-quote: “The actor who plays Ted’s dad, Hal Landon Jr., played Scrooge onstage for 40 years in California, is still alive, and is quite spry for a 79 year old. Excellent!”
Another impressive video game gauntlet that continuously asks the age-old question of how can John Wick get out of this one? in inventive, bloody ways. Now with battle dogs!
My VHS cover pull-quote: “The greatest bits in the first John Wick were the nods to a greater mythology and world of assassins behind a simple revenge plot. Now we are steeped in that grand mythos, which — while interesting — sometimes threatens to impede the kinetic pacing of these things. Either way, I’ll still watch JW Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…”