Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele team up to save an adorable stolen cat — yes, really. ‘Keanu’ is the comedy you have to see this spring. Check out what the critics are saying now!
A movie all about saving a precious, tiny kitten? Count us in! Keanu hits theaters on April 29, bringing Comedy Central’s dynamic duo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, to the big screen. The critics are absolutely loving Keanu, and it’s not just because of the cute kitty!
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But whenever Key and Peele misses a beat, the titular Keanu is always there bouncing into frame, dodging bullets, and winning the hearts of everyone involved in the caper. If that cat can even melt a hardened gangster, what chance do the rest of us have to resist his charms?
Enjoyable for a good 15 minutes or so, mostly due to the scene-stealing powers of the adorable, much-coveted kitty whose name gives the movie its title, this is otherwise a stale, repetitive effort whose one-joke premise — two suburban buddies forced to pass themselves off as gangsters in a grimy underworld where they clearly don’t belong — never achieves comic liftoff, much less the richly subversive dimensions typical of Key and Peele’s best work.
In some respects, Keanu shouldn’t work. Not as a feature film, in any event. One’s immediate, natural response to the trailer very well may be: “That can’t be real, can it?” It can. It is. And it is magical. The final film — almost shockingly — delivers on every promise that trailer makes — and then some.
Key and Peele’s onscreen chemistry remains as strong as ever as was, not slowing a hair since their sketch show’s series finale. In fact, it is their relatable dynamic that carries the film through its rougher patches, including script issues with Clarence specifically.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see Keanu? If you’ve seen it, what did you think? Let us know!