Keanu Review: Smart, Comedic and Ridiculous
Directed By: Peter Atencio
Staring: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish
Writers: Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 98 Minutes
Synopsis: Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.
It Was So Key and Peele
Keanu felt like a tv skit that they actually turned into a really good film. I find it hard that anybody who likes the Key and Peele tv show would not love this film. It was funny, adorable, satirical, and flat out ridiculous at some points. Keanu is the story of two nerdy dudes who go on a mission to find a kitten by pretending to be top notch drug dealer killers. Clarence portrayed by Key was a corporate team builder who tries to bring those competencies to the drug game. Peele, as far as we can tell is just a weedhead nerd who broke up with his girlfriend and rebounded when a stray kitten ended up on his stoop. They find out where the kitten possibly is and tries to convert the skills and knowledge that they have to the drug game and hilarity ensues.
Keanu is essentially a satire of most action movies and specifically Jon Wick. In Jon Wick the trigger that got him back in the assassin game was somebody killing his puppy that represented his dead wife. Keanu takes that premisses and turns the ridiculous up to 1000. The film basically is telling you that even if the most hardcore gangsters watched an adorable kitten youtube video they would be moved. The film will make you want to go home and watch a few by the way. It also has the Michael Bay 360 slow motion action shots for the most absurd sequences. There is also a running theme in the film of flips that anyone who has scene a kung fu movie would appreciate. This film was able to take the best of Key and Peele and mix it up with the absurdity of action films today to create this comedy that will keep you laughing from start to finish. S
Some of the jokes were hit and miss in between the major sequences in the film, however a miss in this film is not cringe worthy or eye roll inducing, just not as funny as the hits. The names alone in Keanu become a running gag overtime you hear them and each person you meet as the film goes on the names get more and more ridiculous. Just the lengths that all these characters go over a kitten is insane and the ending you will not expect but you will love.
Acting and Soundtrack
There were no oscar worthy acting performances in this movie, at least in the traditional sense, and thats a good thing. All these characters fit the tone of the film and had good chemistry with the other characters that they interacted with. Key and Peele were Key and Peele and they had a special connection with all the supporting actors especially Method-Man. Method-Man played Chedder the drug kingpin of the city who throughout the film had a suspicion that they were faking but really did not want to take the chance that they weren’t. Those feeling were expressed through his words and especially his facials through the entire film. We even got Nia Long, who had a small role but set the tone for Clarence’s actions during the film.
Every movie thats really good has a fantastic score. The scores and soundtrack of this movie was perfect. The song choices fit the scenes like a glove and got you hype when you needed to be hype and made you laugh when some comedy was coming and even the semi-serious movements were setup perfectly with the score they choose.
Its not a whole lot to describe about this movie because its and Key and Peele sketch not a whole lot of levels to the film, but that being said Keanu is a must see if you enjoy Key and Peele or just comedies in general.