Key and Peele Hit
The Big Screen In Keanu
By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
April 29, 2016 — Greetings, movie lovers! Did you miss the major news and headlines from this week in film, because there was a LOT going on? Don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with the newest edition of the Movie News Mixtape. Let’s dig in, shall we?
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, better known together as Key and Peele, have become one of the most treasured comedy duos working in Hollywood today, largely thanks to their sketch show Key & Peele which recently wrapped up a nearly perfect run on Comedy Central. Though it was sad to see the show go, it just meant that the guys had more time on their hands, which they used to make a feature film. That film is Keanu and it is precisely what one would expect from the pair, just stretched out over the length of a feature film and with the cutest cat mankind has ever had the pleasure to look upon.
In short, the film is a very light spoof of the Keanu Reeves action flick John Wick but instead of a dog, the film features a cat named, you guessed it, Keanu. The cat finds its way to Rell (Peele), who takes care of it until it is stolen by some drug peddling gangsters led by Cheddar (played by rapper Method Man). With the help of his button down, uptight friend Clarence (Key), Rell infiltrates the gang in order to save the cat. Utter ridiculousness ensues.
Even if you have only seen a handful of Key and Peele’s sketches, it is easy to see that their brand of humor carries right over into the film. Their trademark bits sometimes drag on, but eventually find their way back to being funny by the end. Even though the bits do throw a wrench in the spokes of plot development at times, they still work. It doesn’t really matter, though, because at the end of the day, the film is truly funny and actually has a lot of character and story to anchor it. Not to mention somebody should probably win an Oscar for casting the most adorable cat on the planet for the role of Keanu.
From the opening scene of the film, audiences get two things that stay for the duration: characters they will care about and very well-executed situational comedy. In addition to that, there are a few great cameos in the film and the run time feels like that last bowl of porridge that Goldilocks tried—it is just right. If you’re a fan of any of the various past projects that feature Key and/or Peele or you just really like cute cats and a good laugh, Keanu is a solid choice for your box office dollars.
Trailer Tracker: The Bat is Back In The Killing Joke and Michael Keaton Is The Founder
Batman: The Killing Joke - People may take issue with Warner Bros. live-action adaptations of DC Comics properties, but the studio has always crushed it in the animation department, and its latest adaptation is a big deal. The Killing Joke is one of the all-time most acclaimed comic books, and the animated feature is coming out featuring Mark Hamill returning as The Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman. The first full-length trailer has dropped, and it has fans very excited. The R-rated animated feature drops on Blu-Ray and digital in July.
Snowden - Oliver Stone’s biopic about Edward Snowden is FINALLY hitting theaters in September after what seems like countless delays, and we finally got a full-length trailer for Snowden. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role alongside Shailene Woodley and Nicolas Cage. Look for it on Sept. 16.
Captain Fantastic - Viggo Mortensen is back at it in the indie film world with his latest film, which was featured at Sundance and received a good amount of buzz coming out of the festival. This summer the film gets a wide release and it looks like a heartwarming tearjerker with a killer cast. The film drops on July 8.
Florence Foster Jenkins - This looks to be the feel good movie of the year, Meryl Streep’s Oscar bid and a nice return for Hugh Grant. The new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins gives audiences plenty to chew on. The film was directed by Stephen Frears and opens on Aug. 12.
Kubo and the Two Strings - Focus Features has dropped another trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings, which is sneaking up as maybe one of the best-looking animated films that is going to be released in 2016. The film stars Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara and Ralph Fiennes. Look for it in theaters on Aug. 19
X-Men: Apocalypse - Fox has released yet another, and supposedly final, trailer for its latest X-Men film, and it is basically a sizzle reel mixed with Jennifer Lawrence reading her lines in a fairly unenthusiastic manner. But the good news is we get to see Wolverine’s claws. The film drops on May 27.
The Founder - Last but not least, Michael Keaton’s latest movie has a fancy new trailer and, if recent history is to be believed, this very well may win Best Picture at the Oscars simply because Keaton is in it. But it also looks pretty damn good. Keaton is joined by Nick Offerman and Laura Dern in this biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Croc. Look for it on Aug. 5.
Things We Learned: We Have A New Tomb Raider But We May Have Lost Inhumans
Alicia “Lara Croft” Vikander - Recent Oscar winner Alicia Vikander has landed the coveted role as Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Vikander beat out the likes of Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley for the part. No word yet on a release date.
Zombieland 2 - Take it with a huge grain of salt, but some supposed casting notices have led many to believe that the long-awaited Zombieland sequel is looking to shoot this summer. We shall see.
Daddy’s Home, Again - Like it or not, a sequel has been greenlit to the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell comedy Daddy’s Home. The studio was happy with the box office take and it appears that most of the creative team is returning for the new installment.
Adios, Sarah Connor - Emilia Clarke had a busy week promoting Game of Thrones and during the course of her press tour, she revealed that she would not be returning to the role of Sarah Connor in any future Terminator films. So, she will not be back.
Emma “Cruella” Stone - Disney isn’t messing around with its live action takes on animated classics, and one of the studio’s most classic villains, Cruella de Vil, is getting a fresh live action treatment with Emma Stone taking on the role for Cruella, which will be a prequel of sorts for the character.
Robert Downey Jr. - While doing press for Captain America: Civil War, RDJ let it slip that he could “see” doing another Iron Man flick, so don’t dash those Iron Man 4 hopes just yet. Also, Downey seems to think that there is a chance that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be shooting before the end of the year and confirmed it is still happening one way or the other.
Hasbro Cinematic Universe - Speaking of Marvel, every movie studio in town is trying to get some sort of shared film universe going. Well, Universal has put together a massive writing team to work on a cinematic universe for properties related to Hasbro toys like G.I Joe, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and ROM. The writing talent consists of Brian K. Vaughn, who wrote acclaimed graphic novel Y: The Last Man and Michael Chabon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001 for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Oddly enough, this universe is not intended to cross over with the Transformers universe that Universal is also planning.
Box Office Review/Preview and Predictions
The Jungle Book kept the claws out last week for Disney, topping the box office for a second week in a row, bringing in $61 million. The Huntsman: Winter’s War, on the other hand, brought in just shy of $20 million, making it a massive flop for Universal. Batman V Superman fell out of the top five completely and Zootopia managed to hold onto the number four spot. This week, Keanu may be able to give Disney a run for their money, but it will be close. Mother’s Day should do fairly well in spite of bad reviews, and the video game animated adaptation Ratchet & Clank will probably falter due to poor reviews and better family friendly options elsewhere.
Weekend Box Office Predictions
- The Jungle Book
- Mother’s Day
- The Huntsman: Winter’s War
- Barbershop: The Next Cut
That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.
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