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John Wick, chapter 4: a “a bit long” part but “impressive” action scenes in Paris


PRESS REVIEW – Although the new installment of the John Wick saga offers breathtaking action scenes, it is not unanimous.

In the cinema, the last episode of the John Wick

saga has just been released


After surviving his fall from the roof of the Continental hotel, at the end of the third film, the antihero played by Keanu Reeves makes his comeback.

This time, John Wick has found a way to defeat the criminal organization known as the High Table.

Unsurprisingly, the task looks more complicated than expected.

Before gaining his freedom, he must face a new enemy, still as powerful, who transforms John's allies into real adversaries.

"Too long"


"epic", "impressively virtuoso", "stupid"

... If opinions differ as to this new episode of

John Wick

, all agree that the film offers viewers three hours of intense action.


“until more thirsty”

For this fourth chapter,

“Chad Stahelski did not do things by halves

,” enthuses Olivier Delcroix, journalist at Le



He played the card of fun, black humor and cartoonish violence until he was more thirsty.

The film is quite simply

"a whirlwind of incessant fighting"

, revealing Keanu Reeves as a

"taciturn and silent hero"

, continues Olivier.

The film is

“a little too long”


“the rhythm is there”


“we never have time to get bored”


Parisian scenes - whether they take place around the Arc de Triomphe or down the steps of Montmartre -

“are choreographed with as much humor as imagination”


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In the columns of Le


, Michel Valentin shares this opinion.

"If this

Chapter 4

shows nearly 3 hours on the clock, it's to bring in even more incredible combat and shooting scenes, including two cult sequences taking place in Paris

", he says, marveling at

“the sequence taking place around the Arc de Triomphe”,

quite simply




seen and reviewed


France Culture

, Lucile Commeaux is more moderate, judging that the film

is “a bit tired at the end”


The Parisian part is

"a little more laborious"

but quickly turns

"into a kind of hard-core tourist visit, an American in Paris version fight"

, she continues.


a pure action film, which doesn't try to tell anything, and that's probably for the best.


The newspaper

Le Point

also regrets

"the lack of imagination of the authors as to the long Parisian parenthesis, reduced to endless postcards"

and warns its readers - as well as potential spectators -, advising them to abandon

"all hope of realism"

when entering the room.

For Philippe Guedj, the John Wick


is a

“circus of excess provoking more laughter than dread”

which nevertheless managed to

“impose a new style, tone and hero”.

In short, "

all the ingredients are there and the mayonnaise definitely takes, but impossible to ignore this je-ne-sais-quoi of slight disappointment



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in question is

“this murderous, fairly redundant litany”


On the other hand, and as with

Mission: Impossible

, "

the repetitive aspect of

John Wick

is not a problem as long as each new film surpasses the previous one"


The magazine still deplores

"a character with a psychology as reduced as his dialogues",

but bows

"in the face of the energy of Keanu Reeves, more Christlike than ever, who fights like Tom Cruise against the test of time to bringing action cinema to life on a level rarely seen”


After all,

"if we're still there after 4 films, it's because we like it, right?"

, concludes Édouard Orozco.

Source: lefigaro

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