Thursday, 21 July 2016

'Keanu' Review


When I first heard the idea for this movie, I was like "What? No way are they doing something so stupid like that. That'll be awful". Thankfully I was wrong.

Rell (Jordan Peele) has recently broke up with his girlfriend and all seems to be going south until he finds a cute kitten at his doorstep. Thieves break into his home by mistake and steal the cute feline he had named Keanu, Rell will work with his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) to try and get the cat back. They soon realise that a dangerous thug named Cheddar (Method Man) posseses the cat and will only give it back if Rell and Clarence under their fake personas of "Tectonic" and "Shark Tank" if they help him out. Armed with dangerous weapons and carrying a new fake attitude, the duo look to do whatever it takes to retrieve the kitten and also escape with their lives and no criminal offences.

Key and Peele have made a name for themselves in comedy for a while now with high success using sketch comedy. This is clearly shown throughout the movie as they create many hilarious scenes that have Key and Peele's genius marked all over them. The comedy within these skits work so well and are incredibly enjoyable. If you are familiar with their previous work, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy this movie.

The performances in this film are very solid too with Key and Peele obviously standing out. Watching the pair act as if they are ruthless gangsters and fooling those who they encounter is great entertainment and shows the comedic capabilities of these two men. Credit also has to go to Method Man and his gang featuring Tiffany Haddish as Hi-C and Darrell Brit-Gibson as Trunk. The gang do very well playing off the two leads, acting surprised and enlightened to whatever they are being fooled with. It was quite a relief seeing a comedy movie this year that didn't really have a weak link or an annoying character unlike many so far this year.

There is no doubt that the comedy in this movie is very solid. Constantly using pop culture references is sometimes seen as cheap but the jokes all land and even lead to longer skits. George Michael is a topic that is used a lot through the film as Clarence manages to trick the gang members that he is one of the most hardcore artists of all time and gets them all to become mega fans. This is one of the more enjoyable parts of the film and never feels as if they are pushing it or that it lasts too long. That is just one of the many points that are referenced a lot throughout the film that work very well.

However this may be the case, the film certainly loses a bit of focus in the final act where it mainly becomes a straight up action movie. The comedy elements are still there to an extent but not as much as previously and it feels like they go much more serious than the rest of the film had led up to. The action scenes then lead to the two leads becoming like superhero's being able to take out experienced, armoured thugs with complete ease despite no prior experience. They seem to be completely at home using weapons which does take away from the movie as they obviously aren't used to it.

The movie also does seem to drag a bit at the end as new characters are introduced as the film looks to have been reaching its climax. The film probably could've handled the ending better by focusing more on the characters we already knew rather than introducing a new villain late on which I feel didn't work as well as it could have.

The last thing I am going to speak about is the cat. I'm far from a cat person but this is possibly the cutest cat you will see and it starts to make sense to why Rell and everyone else instantly falls in love with him. What seemed like a strange idea becomes actually not a terrible plot line despite how mad it is.

Final Verdict = 

A very fun movie that will have you laughing. Unfortunately, it does lose focus and doesn't end as solid as it could have.

So have you seen 'Keanu'? If so what did you think of it? I hope this review was useful for if you were planning on seeing the movie! Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor