I will be introducing a new series to this blog called The Ultimate Choice, where I am going to ask fellow bloggers to make the ultimate film choice for a specific genre, actor or director and explain why they made that particular choice. This first edition is focusing on a particular actor: Keanu Reeves.
Keanu has had a career that has included so many incredible films from several different genres. He is currently at his highest, which the success of the John Wick franchise and making cameo appearances in both Always Be My Maybe and Toy Story 4. For this first edition of The Ultimate Choice, I have enlisted two fellow bloggers to give their input and say what their favourite Keanu Reeve film is. Here is what they picked.
Chosen by Cinema Souvenirs: Blog/Tumblr
Keanu Reeves appeared on the radar with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but he got the spotlight with Point Break. With this movie, he proved that he had more than a comedic ticker, he could be an action hero. When Point Break came out, my girl friends and I watched it religiously almost every week. It was indeed a “wet western” and we absorbed the good boy versus bad boy energy like tight jeans walking on the beach on a rainy night… it was a pleasure. I watched this film again last year and it was still a fun ride. The music, the action scenes (Presidential fire! Keanu diving out of a plane head first sans parachute? Come on!) and performances still hold up. What a rush. Not only did Point Break include a great free spirit performance by Patrick Swayze but Keanu’s rigid systematic counterpart made for original on-screen frenemies.
John Wick: Chapter Two
Chosen by Estelle of The Weekly Grok: Blog
My favourite film with Keanu Reeves is John Wick Chapter 2. This film is a brilliant sequel to the original and expands the world of the assassins and how they operate in a way that John Wick really just can’t catch a break. I love this sequel because of how they showed that there’s a hierarchy within the assassin’s guild, and it’s not done in a hokey way or in a way where you could tell John Wick would survive because I really did think he would get killed this time around.
To be honest, I’m not as big a fan of action films as I was when I was a teenager but this film is one of the most fun watch I’ve had with my dad and brother in recent years and it wouldn’t have worked without the dedication of its lead star Keanu Reeves. Reeves doesn’t exactly come to mind when we think of great actors but I really admire his dedication to training with guns and martial arts to prepare for the role of John Wick and yes I really believed that it was him doing all that work here.
Aside from the story and Keanu Reeves dedication to the role, it’s the action sequences that caught my eye as I didn’t suffer from a headache from the hand-held cameras or the fast cuts so common in action films, instead director Chad Stahelski chose to film it in a much grounded way by giving us coverage of the action sequences without attacking our senses on top of all that are the eye-candy visuals by the amazing cinematographer Dan Lausten ASC, DFF (who you may know also shot The Shape of Water) that completes the film. Overall, this is perfect for fans of action films or even just for casual viewers looking for a fun, entertaining film for the night.
Thank you very much to both of these bloggers for taking part and sharing their thoughts, make sure to go and follow them and check out the content that they post. Do you want to be a part of the next edition of The Ultimate Choice? Keep an eye out on my Twitter (click here) for when I ask for your next ultimate choice.
What is your favourite Keanu Reeves film? Is it one of these, or do you prefer The Matrix, Speed, or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures? Whatever your favourite is, let me know down below and let’s have a conversation.