Aug 10, 2016

Keanu (2016)

Keanu (2016) movie poster
Keanu is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Peter Atencio and written by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens. The film stars Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Nia Long and Will Forte. Filming began in New Orleans, Louisiana in June 2015. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Festival on March 13, 2016, and was released in North America by Warner Bros. on April 29, 2016. The film received generally positive reviews but was a box office disappointment, grossing just $20 million against its $15 million budget. Posters for the film spoofed The Martian, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Bad Boys II, Scarface, Captain America: Civil War, Speed, The Matrix and Deadpool.

Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.

freddy and krasnaya movie review

K: Another day and a new movie was watched by Freddy and Krasnaya. This time it was an action comedy movie named “Keanu” directed by Peter Atencio. The plot of the movie is simple – there is a kitten, the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen, and, for some reason, it chooses Rell’s (Oil) door and immediately charms the guy and turns his life into bliss after some miserable days he had after his girlfriend left him. What he’s able to do to find a stolen kitten after one week together, you will know during the next hour.

F: I've been following these guys since the times of MADTV. I'm an absolute fan of Key & Peele TV show and I was expecting much more from this movie. It's just a big long shot of a fake gangster sketch. It hurts me to give such a low rating, but I was really expecting more originality from these two. It was a fun ride anyway. Keegan-Michael Key is that kind of guy that just needs to move his eyes for me to crack up. I especially love him when he walks around furiously and waves his arms like in the Obama's Anger Translator sketch. 
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K: This movie leaves you in a good mood after all, even if sometimes it becomes too bloody and cruel. The director did a great combination of straight cruel action and really funny moments. Freddy opened to me these two great comedians that played the main roles in the movie – Jourdan Peele (Rell/Oil) and Keegan-Michael Key (Clerence/Smoke). Thank you! They are amazing. Their expressions and emotions make you smile every time you see them acting.

F: There's too much of that vulgar violent gun action. Sometimes the movie feels too absurd and sometimes not absurd enough. There's some logical inconsistency that never gets me to move closer to the screen. The plot is boring, overdone, and predictably disappointing. Key and Peele's chemistry still shines, and what they needed was a better story.

K: Freddy, do you know who voices Keanu? It's none other than Keanu Reeves! Check below the auditions for Keanu's role.

K: Movie full of stereotypes about «niggers» (oops for this, but that's what they call each other) whose lifestyle is to make money on producing and selling drugs. I am still asking myself why Keanu was so special to everyone who met him? For example, for that true brother-gangster duo who killed the drug dealers silently… why? Who are they? Freddy, can you answer this?

F: I don't think you can say that word Krasnaya. And yeah, we needed answers. I was expecting a great plot twist about the origin of Oil and Smoke duo, so again, disappointment. I can't recommend this movie to anyone who doesn't know Key & Peel's work. Go watch the "I Said Biiiitch" clip on YouTube instead. Better yet, here it is:

Freddy's Score: 59/100
Krasnaya's Score: 58/100

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