If you are a fan of sketch comedy then you probably know the names “Key and Peele” and for good reason. These two incredible comedians took the comedy world by storm back in 2012 with their hilarious show “Key and Peele” and please youtube some skits for laughs. So what happens when two brilliant comedians take the next step into film making? Well, lets dive in and take a look at my thoughts on “Keanu” in this box office review…
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this film. I knew I would laugh and that was the bar for me. Make me laugh and I’ll be happy. The advertising campaign for this film wasn’t blowing me away and there wasn’t a push for “big name” actors appearing in the film either. So, for an initial big screen viewing I just wanted them to make me laugh and they did. I had some very loud laughs and if you’ve ever seen a movie with me you know that “loud” is an appropriate descriptive word. There were some chuckles as well. Overall, it delivered on laughs and for that I was happy.
The story was surprisingly well written. I was not expecting some of the twists which added to my level of enjoyment. It wasn’t just a story about a guy and his cat but a look at life when you’re determined to achieve what you said you’d achieve. The characters were mostly adequate and I didn’t feel they took away or distracted me from enjoying the film.
On the other side of things, this film did feel like it was made by two people who haven’t made a film before. I felt the disconnect in the story because it did feel, at times, like scenes and not an entire story. The visual side of the story worked but the actual story felt choppy. I’ve used this phrase before in other reviews, but “paint by numbers” is how I would describe it. You could feel the steps to get the story from point A to point B, C and so on. This is not to say the story suffered, because I enjoyed the story overall. I’m merely saying that I could feel the step by step approach. It’s the first film though so I’m not going to dwell on this point. I have faith that future films will progress and be even more developed and entertaining.
“Keanu” is in theaters now! I feel you can wait to redbox this film or stream it on any VOD service you use. This isn’t a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen but it should be enjoyed at home on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Plus, the George Michael soundtrack is hilarious and you’ll never listen to his music the same way again. Enjoy folks!