In a fun turn of events, this might be the first "double review" we here at YWB have tackled. Keanu was reviewed back in May and now it's up for a second review! I'll preface by suggesting that I'd meant to see the film in the theatre, but apparently it got away from me. Regardless, I was able to check it out tonight and it was as great as I thought it might be.
I think this movie succeeds so incredibly by playing up the "mulatto" vibe that Key And Peele have made names for themselves with in the past. Obviously, this movie stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key And Peele fame. Both comedians being mulatto means that they've had a niche to work with that hasn't often (if ever?) been presented on-screen. In case anyone doesn't know what "mulatto" is, it's a term to describe a person being half white and half black in skin colour. More specifically, it deals with a person that has one white and one black parent. Now that we're caught up, let's dig into what this movie is all about.
The movie has one major plot and one minor plot as far as I'm concerned. Everything else isn't really super important to what's going on. Major plot is that a dude loses his kitten and goes on a crazy adventure to get it back with his cousin. The minor plot is that the cousin needs to grow a pair and stick up for himself. In probably any other hands, the plots are silly and bland respectively. However, in the hands of Key and Peele, they somehow churn out gold. By injecting that mulatto humour, we have a couple of "you sound like John Ritter all the time" guys that turn into OG's (original gangsters if didn't know) as shit goes crazy. There's a bunch of ridiculous situations that present themselves when two of the former end up associating with a lot of people falling into the latter. Hi-jinx definitely ensues.
How does it go crazy? There's gun fights, wall flips, Method Man, Will Forte, Ron Huebel, and a bunch of silly antics. The other YWB review makes mention that this movie is predominantly a comedy over action and I have to agree. That being said, the action is pretty funny as well. There's a few amazing treats along the way that I'm certainly not going to ruin. I don't know the method behind my madness regarding spoilers but today isn't a spoiler day.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how great the scenes involving the kitten were. I think I saw a few CGI moments that put the kitten into scenes, but there was some real good work as far as getting the kitten to do things like show affection and untie a hostage. I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of animal movies. Beethoven gets a pass because it's got fucking David Duchovny in it, but that's about it in my books until now. Keanu is a fucking fantastic animal movie, the humour is fresh, and the plot is so damned ridiculous that it's hard to not appreciate. Loved it!