The first reactions of John Wick 4 appeared on Twitter after the London premiere yesterday, the film is promoted substantially thanks to the impressive action scenes and great performances of the cast.
After the London premiere of John Wick 4social media has welcomed the first reactions of the press after watching the new awaited chapter of the action thriller saga with Keanu Reeves. Definitely positive reactions, judging by the praise for the tension, scene construction and great characters.
John Wick 4 picks up from the ending of John Wick 3: Parabellum”, which saw Keanu Reeves’ notorious killer fall from the top of the Continental Hotel after being betrayed by his confidant Winston (Ian McShane). Battered, but alive, Wick is rescued by the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) and gets back on his feet to free himself from the dominion of the elusive and ruthless High Table, which is hunting him.
Critical praise focused on the action and the performances of the huge cast, which includes Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Marko Zazor, Scott Adkins and Rina Sawayama. Another central argument is the length of the film, which is two hours and 49 minutes long, 38 minutes longer than John Wick 3.
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Los Angeles Times critic Katie Walsh appreciated the film, praising the visual aspect, a step above the other installments of the franchise. And she didn’t find it too long.
Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub had nothing but praise for the film and the exploits of Keanu Reeves.
Los Angeles Film Critics Association member and Variety contributor Courtney Howard praised the cast of supporting villains.
CinemaBlend critic Eric Eisenberg had some reservations about the “daunting” running time, but added that the film is saved by clever pacing and strong scenes.
Digital Spy director Ian Sandwell also praised the film, arguing that it takes Keanu Reeves’ performance to the next level.
Eammon Jacobs of Insider was not as enthusiastic about the film, arguing that the long running time gives it a “dragging” feel while praising the impressive action.