Blu-ray Review: Keanu

Release Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.

If you’re a fan of comedy duo, Key & Peele then this movie was made for you. If you just want an absurdly fun good laugh, this movie is for you. If you’re thinking that this movie is nonsensical, you’d kind of be right but also be pleasantly surprised with the story and delivery of the story at hand which I won’t spoil here. It’s good fun. It’s all comedic entertainment that you don’t have to think about and you won’t get something profound out of. It’s just plain ol’ laugh out loud fun from an absolutely hysterical comedic duo. The movie also boasts a great cast including Nia Long, Will Forte, Method Man, Anna Faris, and Luis Guzmán.

Would I have seen this movie without Key & Peele behind it? Most likely, not. I’ll watch anything with Key & Peele in it but without them attached, I’d probably think the cat was cute but this probably is one to save for Netflix with no immediate rush to get to it. So. Star power works here. I mean, it probably was the only reason a movie with this out of the box plot was able to get made with the big bucks in the first place.

And boy was that refreshing. I mean, when was the last time that you saw a comedy from a major studio that didn’t follow all of the tropes? This was great. I loved the cast and the characters were great. I was able to suspend my belief in reality enough to really enjoy the movie. Life’s too short. Embrace the silliness of the story and not just the kitty cuteness because all of this works more than I thought it would and wow was that enjoyable. Yes, it’s more violent than it needs to be for my taste but still, overall, I’d recommend this movie to anyone interested in checking it out. You might not get this awesome tie-in Keanu Calendar with your copy but it will still be worth it.


Bonus Features:
* Keanu: My First Movie (Approx. 3 minutes) – In this feature, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele give the cat(s) playing Keanu advice on their first movie. It’s a cute feature but a miss in the overall. You don’t need to watch this one.

* Deleted Scenes (Approx. 15 minutes) – There are 9 deleted scenes on the blu-ray; “Substitute Teacher” which was solid, “I don’t think that god works like that” which went on far too long, “It’s Not Over” which was decent but I like the final cut of the movie better so I’m happy with what was cut here, “Dungeons and Dragons” which was hysterical, “Keys” which is a really funny conflict to have but it doesn’t move the story forward and we’ve seen this trope before so it was unnecessary, “Ain’t Gonna Be No Tomorrow” which Method Man leads but Keegan-Michael Key totally steals the show, “I Like to Use My Hands” which takes things in a certain direction too early (or at all) so I’m glad that this was cut, and finally, “Dirty nails, dirty d*ck” which was definitely unnecessary. If you liked Keanu and have the time, I’d say watch the deleted scenes just to see what else the movie was playing around with possibly doing.

* Gag Reel (Approx. 5 minutes) – The gag reel includes a few gags with the various cats who played Keanu in case you’re wondering!

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