Saturday, May 7, 2016

Keanu review: Funny, but misses full potential

The Hit (by T-Betar)

I’m always on the lookout for the next “Hangover”—a comedy that comes out of nowhere and becomes an instant classic. Keanu, starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, has an interesting premise in a movie landscape that has become oh-so derivative, but sadly it can’t fully deliver on its potential.   

The basic plot of the movie is that Rell, a lonely black man who is recently single, finds a kitten serendipitously and falls in love. The cat becomes a replacement for a girlfriend but, of course, it is soon stolen by a ruthless gang member. Rell recruits his bumbling, oblivious, and high-strung cousin Clarence to track down the thieves and retrieve his precious kitten, Keanu. Chaos ensues and let’s just say lots of people are shot.   

Keanu certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously and that is both its strength and weakness. It is completely outlandish and unrealistic but that is also part of its charm. I found myself laughing more at the dialogue and some of the “one-liners” than the scenes themselves, which were far too often drawn out and overdone.  

The movie does have some depth lurking below the obvious crass surface; the strip club they visit is named “HPV.” Clarence character provides an interesting take on what it means to be “black.” Do black people have to use the “N” word? Can they listen to George Michael?  

I do have to say they did a great job with the casting—particularly the little kitten. It is one of the cutest kittens I have ever seen and you can’t help but find yourself smiling and rooting for Keanu as he races across a field of bullets and dead bodies.  

Overall I liked the film but I probably wouldn’t see it again. It has a few surprising twists at the end but falls flat in the middle and does a poor job with character development. But if you want a few laughs and to see an adorably cute kitten fly like a ninja, this one’s for you.   

The Verdict
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution) 

No comments:

Post a Comment