Keanu is an action/comedy brought to you by the minds that created Key and Peele on Comedy Central. Jordan Peele plays Rell Williams whose life changes when, facing a breakup, he falls back in love with a kitten named Keanu that happens upon his doorstep. It turns out that he’s not the only one in love with the cat though; hence the problems that ensue when some gangsters break in to his home and make off with the popular feline…
Yes, it’s ridiculous, but that’s the point. After all, Key and Peele’s popular comedy sketch show was a celebration of the absurd to great effect. The story still has it’s message with both main characters each experiencing their own arcs and coming out a bit tougher on the other side with a bit of a surprise ending. Along the course of their journey they experience the life of a gangster / drug dealer while emerging from their easy, suburban backdrops. Their brand of humor is laced throughout the film but not in a way that overpowers it.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are in fine form playing the straight man kind of guy this time around while morphing into their bad-boy alter egos. Method Man plays Cheddar the main bad guy in an entertaining way that still seemed menacing. Tiffany Haddish plays the gang member Hi-C; her character takes a nice left turn that shines a different light on her when the film plays out. The talented lineup includes Nia Long, Will Forte, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman and Rob Huebel.
If you want something light hearted, fun, and entertaining, check out Keanu.
reviewed by Sean McKnight