Early reactions praise John Wick: Chapter 4 as the best in the series

The early John Wick 4 reactions are in and critics can't seem to get enough of the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise.

After much anticipation (and delays), Keanu Reeves' now-iconic gun-fu, tuxedo-wearing mercenary is finally coming back to the big screen. Ahead of the theatrical debut of John Wick: Chapter 4 on March 24, a carefully curated number of critics and fans got a chance to watch the movie ahead of everyone else. To no one's surprise, everyone is singing John Wick 4 praises.

John Wick: Chapter 4 is expected to make back its production budget in its opening weekend.

Collider's Therese Lacson referred to the fourth John Wick film as "an action-packed, bloody, kill-fest," while Steve Wintraub claims that "you are not prepared."

Here's a round-up of all the early reactions to John Wick: Chapter 4:

John Wick: Chapter 4 is literally the biggest and longest in the series. As per the numbers, John Wick: Chapter 4 has the largest production budget with an estimated $90 million allocated to it. In comparison, the first John Wick movie only cost a maximum of $30 million. At triple the cost, it's understandable if Lionsgate Films is expecting a bigger box office take. The current record holder is John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, which made more than $320 million at the global box office.

Donnie Yen generated a ton of discussion surrounding the film and his career following his comments about Asian stereotyping in films.

With that said, the early reactions to John Wick: Chapter 4 is a good sign after fans expressed concern that it wouldn't do as well due to its massive runtime. At nearly three hours long, some feared that John Wick: Chapter 4 might run out of steam midway.

There's also the fact that most movie franchises tend to fizzle out after their third film.

Thus, it's comforting to know that Chad Stahelski and the rest of the John Wick team appear to have succeeded in keeping audiences entertained for the entire 169-minute run of the film.

Considering that John Wick: Chapter 4 is likely headed towards, at the very least, the $400 million box office category, we're expecting John Wick 5 to be confirmed shortly after.

John Wick: Chapter 4's success will effectively guarantee more spin-offs and installments in the franchise.

In the meantime, fans can look forward to the franchise's first spin-off, Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas. The upcoming film doesn't have a premiere date yet but it's expected to feature a fight between Reeves and de Armas.

As for Stahelski's future projects, fans shouldn't hold their breath on the live-action Ghost of Tsushima adaptation. It's likely going to take a monumental effort to get it made, especially since Stahelski wants to have an all-Japanese cast.

Ray Ampoloquio
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