Doesn't hit the glorious heights of Key and Peele's sketch show, lacking any stand-out set pieces, but it was nifty; clever; found compassion in odd places. It was also surprisingly tense for a film that is ostensibly a comedy. And watching it in the wake of George Michael's premature death, unintentionally bitter-sweet. It was good, but mostly made me even more impatient for Peele's soon-to-be-released 'Get Out'.
Co-writer Jordan Peele seems to have crafted this film as a showcase for friend Keegan-Michael Key, who quite handily steals the show as a buttoned-up, middle class dad suddenly thrown into the world of organized crime. Even if it never reaches the level of the best Key & Peele sketches, "Keanu" proves plenty funny and unpredictable - and, weirdly enough, a fitting tribute to George Michael now that he's passed away.
I really was not expecting much other than just another film to watch on a long haul transatlantic flight to alleviate my boredom. However, this was surprisingly very funny that I could not stop myself laughing out loud in moments and in the process drawing attention from my fellow passengers some of whom asked me what I was watching and when I told them and they watch it too, they also ended up laughing out loud.
'Keanu' never feels intuitively funny, and it's uncommon now to see an insulated comedy that doesn't rely heavily on cameo's - though the one that does pop up made me happier than Murray's in 'Zombieland'. However it is whip-smart when it's constructing and deconstructing Black identities as social constructs, from 'gangsta' to George Michaels. Plenty of chuckles but never really tries on the action front.
Is it a 90-minute Key and Peele sketch? Yes. Did I crack up every time I saw that kitten and/or heard George Michael in the soundtrack? Also yes. The trailer was misleading in that it made me expect a little more screen time from the cat; but overall it was a decent comedy.
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Surprisingly entertaining. Not just because of the cat. I seriously thought I would only give it a chance because of the kitty, but I was more than a happy camper. It was cute, funny and actually quite thrilling (some funny good suspense thrown here and there). Keanu Reeves actually voiced the cat on one scene, and it was all good. Key and Peele did not disappoint. Keanu, the cat made it all more fun.