Keanu Review

  • Directing7
  • Writing7.5
  • Acting7

Peter Atencio's Keanu is almost as cute, lovable and approachable as the titular kitten, thanks to Key and Peele's unique brand of humor that will surely entertain.


Peter Atencio‘s Keanu is far from a groundbreaking comedy that will change the landscape of comedy films, but it is an entertaining film that’s probably going to please a lot of Key and Peele fans. As someone that’s not too familiar with their work I can safely say that Keanu is funny, approachable and makes for the best film with a kitten in the leading role.

Okay, maybe the cute and adorable kitten isn’t the main focus of the film, but it does help drive the film’s ridiculous¬†story from one set piece to the next. Peter Atencio‘s Keanu plays out like a brisk comedy should, reaffirming its grasp on silly and off-the-wall with writing that’s consistently trademark Key and Peele.

I haven’t seen many of their skits, but from what I have seen I can safely say that Keanu fits into their brand of humor. It’s a wheelhouse of weird, filled to the edges with over-the-top characters that are forced to fit into stereotypical roles.

It’s clever, occasionally crazy and mostly a good fit for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele‘s first real big screen debut. Fans will react positively, while haters will probably have even more reasons to dislike their work.

My biggest problem with the film was how unmoved I felt after having watched it. Keanu doesn’t really leave a lasting impact on you, aside from memories of the cat sliding around on the floor while bullets fly and blood sprays during the film’s many well-shot shoot outs.

The rest of the film is a comedic blur, with no real standouts or moments that will be quoted again and again. Sure, the film has a few gags that manage to stay around just until the point of expiration, but Keanu doesn’t really get much better than that.

Am I wrong for expecting more or something else entirely? I guess the cult-like following of Key and Peele has somewhat clouded my expectations of the film, but I’m not going to hold that against the filmmakers and their intentions.

Director Peter Atencio gives the film a very bland and basic digital look¬†that works fine given the film’s focus more on the writing than the actual direction and presentation, while the film’s script bounces around the central focus on people playing into the stereotypes that are automatically assigned to them.

Watching Key go from a well-mannered middle class American to a cursing gangster is funny enough to give the film a watch, but I’d be lying if I said that the film is much of anything else.

Alex Rubens and Jordan Peele‘s script doesn’t exactly scream instant classic, but the film is original enough to be considered fresh for those looking for a change of pace before entering the dead heat of the summer blockbusters, which are mostly sequels and comic book films.

Keanu provides audiences with an R-rated comedy that’s also kind of light-hearted and cute in nature. It means well and mostly gets by on its good intentions, despite being a film that’s sort of forgettable. It’s something that you’ll have no problem watching once, but probably won’t be revisiting anytime in the near future.

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