Since the debut of the first film in 2014, the John Wick series of action-thriller films has gained enormous popularity. The Chad Stahelski-directed series centers on John Wick, a former hitman who emerges from retirement to exact vengeance on those who have mistreated him.
The series is well-known for its frantic action scenes, elaborate world-building, and stylized brutality, all of which have contributed to its status as a canonical entry in the action film genre.
The John Wick movie series may appear to be just another action movie series at first glance. But if you look more closely, it’s obvious that there’s a lot more to these films than meets the eye.
A devoted following of fans has grown up with the franchise who love the rich individuals that live there as well as the elaborate world-building. The series has also received recognition for its inventive action scenes, which include the distinctive combat technique known as “gun-fu.”
By counting each bullet that exits the chambers of the firearms employed by the Baba Yaga and the assassins trying to murder him, the movie ensures that its action sequences are as realistic as possible. This confluence of factors has distinguished the John Wick franchise in the crowded action movie market and made it an intriguing topic to research from a distance.
John Wick: Chapter 1
The film John Wick: Chapter 1 introduced viewers to the infamous assassin and his world of covert organizations and dangerous foes.
The plot of the movie focuses on John’s search for vengeance following the cruel murder of his cherished dog, a gift from his late wife. The film was harsh and action-packed, highlighting John’s deadly prowess and unwavering resolve to wreak revenge on those who had mistreated him.
But the purpose of the first movie was also to familiarise us with the idea of Baba Yaga, the boogeyman of the criminal underground. John Wick was the Baba Yaga, a figure everyone who knew him dreaded and revered.
The name “Baba Yaga” comes from Slavic folklore, which refers to a witch or demon who lives in the woods and preys on children. In John Wick’s world, the Baba Yaga was a name that struck fear into the hearts of his enemies, and even those who knew him well were wary of crossing him.
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 2 brought us to The High Table, the body in charge of the assassins’ guild, and drew us further into the world of assassins.
A severe consequence of John’s decision to leave retirement and exact retribution on those who had wronged him in the first movie was that he was sucked into the High Table’s political intrigue.
The film also introduced us to characters like Santino D’Antonio, a member of the High Table who called in a favor from John and then betrayed him, and Winston, the owner of the Continental Hotel and a member of the High Table.
John Wick was proclaimed excommunicado by the High Table at the conclusion of the movie, and a $14 million bounty was placed on his head.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum served as the unifying element. We witnessed John battling for his life against assassins from all around the world in the Baba Yaga of the assassins’ universe.
The movie was a master class in action, with “breathtaking” fight scenes and breathtaking graphics that highlighted John’s prowess and the setting he lived in.
The movie also exposed us to new characters like John’s erstwhile acquaintance Sofia, played by Halle Berry, who aids him in his struggle against the High Table.
Additionally, it provided more information about the enigmatic group, including the Adjudicator, a High Table member assigned to straighten out the mess John had created in the previous movie.
John Wick: Chapter 4
John Wick: Chapter 4 is about the Baba Yaga finally taking down the High Table on their own terms.
The film picks up where the previous installment left off, with John on the run and a massive bounty on his head. But this time, he’s not alone. He’s joined by old allies like Winston and new ones like a fellow Tracker who never reveals his name, played by Shamier Anderson.
The film is a promising thrilling ride filled with stunning action set pieces and intense fight scenes, all building up to the ultimate showdown between the Baba Yaga and the High Table.
But this time, John Wick is determined to beat them at their own game, using their rules and tactics against them. This is due to the numerous assassins he called his friends dying as a result of protecting the Baba Yaga from the eyes of the High Table.
It’s the ultimate battle between the Baba Yaga and the High Table as there is nowhere left to run or hide, just one body after the other until John Wick is no longer recognized as the Baba Yaga, but as a Loving Husband.