Ok, so I just got back from watching the infamous "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and I have to say - I really enjoyed it! Now I've heard and read negative review after negative review about this movie - more so for Keanu Reeves' character. Im not going to talk about the movie itself, I dont even know/care about the 1950's movie, or how this one doesn't live up to the original....blah blah blah. You've read and heard about that. What I will ask is....
Why the hell is the whole world against Keanu Reeves all of a sudden?
When he was Neo everyone worshipped the guy, so he's had a few slump movies during and since then (Sweet November
- $15 dollars and two hours of my life I will never get back!!) but to crucify him the way some of you have is ludacris. I dont have a man crush on the guy, but I dont despise him like alot of you. The Matrix
was a kick ass movie, one of the best trilogies (best being Matrix 1) of our time and Keanu portrays Neo better than any other actor could ever do. You say that he's boring as Neo, no emotion and all his lines are in monotone...well, morons, he's the protagonist!! A damn superhero! Living in a time where the survival of mankind is in your hands, would you act as flamboyant as Jack Nicholas' Joker? No douche's, the script would demand you to be as serious as you need the character to be.
Now since then, alot of critics have drawn similarities of his type of acting as Neo to most of his work post Matrix. Well, lets have a closer look - ill only pick out a few of my fav movies played by Reeves:
1) Hard Ball.
Reeves character reluntantly takes on as coaching job for a kids baseball team. Dead face you say? Lack of other emotions played by Reeves you say? .... The guy is in serious debt! He makes a few bad choices at luck and he's pretty much on the verge of being killed. Yeah, should we suggest a more Chris Tucker approach?
Badass British (in this case American) demon killer who's life is threatened by.....smoking? I dont care, I loved the comics, I loved the film and even though they chose not to go with the Sting look-a-like, I believe that Reeves gave justice to the character. Constantine has been plagued with a curse to see demonic creatures since he was a kid, he has every reason to be an emotionless and foul mouth cynic. Again, how did the audiences expect Reeves to portray the Hellblazer character? Cheery and happy that he's performing excorcists daily and negotiating his soul with Lucifer himself. Yeah right guys.
3) Street Kings.
I've never heard so much ramble about an actors performance than I did after watching this film. Reeves plays an honest cop working for a corrupt unit. His ex-partner is killed, his co-workers are all crooked and his boss is the ultimate king pin of this debauched city, so....Keanu should have played his character more like Eddie Murphy's delirious? His character is a dillusional drunk who is motivated in bringing down crooked cops at the some time saving his own ass... I say he did a damn good job of portraying a disturbed and complex persona, sure this isn't the Training Day
- Alonzo Harris type cop/acting but he comes close.
And now the same is being said about his portayal of Klaatu in The Day The Earth Stood Still....
I mean really guys? He plays an ALIEN
. Do we need to go further?
Ok, so.....as much I enjoy his movies (yes, even The Lake House
) i'll be the first to admitt that he's not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. But this doesn't mean that he's one really, really bad actor! Yes, he seems to strike roles that don't allow him to show alot of emotional range, yes he can't really do accents, but if we are going to go into "lets torment someone's acting ability" then don't get me started on Jon Heder
.... I love Jon Heder!! I really do - but let's face it, he's what I would consider as one-dimensional actor. But that's another blog :P.
What do you think?