The besties review
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I’ve been excited for a while now to dive deeper into Keanu’s filmography and really examine whether he is a great actor or just a great action star. Honestly, it’s hard to tell. He definitely has the looks and the charisma necessary for a role like this, and his physicality is not lacking whatsoever, but the cheesy dialogue and over-the-top machismo obscures the answer for me. Regardless, this movie is so much fun. Any bit of the movie that’s meant to be serious or sincere falls on its face, but by God there are a buttload of awesome action sequences that make it all worthwhile. While its flaws were a bit too apparent for me to fully immerse myself, I think with more viewings Point Break could be a lot like Top Gun for me— a movie I can put on any day of the week and just have a blast.
My Own Private Idaho
“I love you and you don’t pay me.”
One of my new favorite Shakespeare adaptations and a film that perfectly utilizes Keanu’s aura without making him feel unnatural. Unlike the sensual scenes in Point Break, the intimate moments of this film felt totally real and I never doubted Scott’s credibility for a second.
River Phoenix is (of course) magnificent and the snapshot-style sex scenes were miles more effective any “traditional” sex scene I can think of. Both edgy and tasteful, I think My Own Private Idaho holds up as an entertaining and important mile-marker in queer cinema.
I know it’s been said before, but this is, for all intents and purposes, three mini action movies rolled into one. You have the elevator rescue, the bus rescue, and then the train rescue— and it’s fucking great. Speed is all the fun of Point Break without any of the narrative baggage. The chemistry between Kenau and Sandra Bullock is really natural and Dennis Hopper kills it as the former bomb squad expert gone rogue, but really everything in the movie hinges on those actions sequences, so it’s a good thing they’re all top-notch. This is definitely the best (and most?) Keanu movie I’ve seen thus far!
The Devil’s Advocate
This review may contain spoilers.
This movie is so weird, I kinda liked it? Keanu and Charlize are both doing way too much, and considering they’re acting opposite Al Pacino as literal Satan, that’s saying something. Still, the horror elements of this movie are really intriguing and the chemistry between the three leads is the glue that holds it all together. But let’s just be honest, this thing isn’t even arguably good, like at all. I just can’t deny that the movie had me smiling and laughing all the way through… and sometimes on purpose, I think.
P.S. The scariest part of this movie is the face Keanu makes when he ugly cries over Charlize's suicide. Stupefying shit.
Well, we finally hit a full-blown stinker. You’d think a horror-inspired comic book adaptation starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, and Tilda Swinton would be right up my alley, but this was just so boring. I really tried to pay attention and get into the story but nothing about the plot or characters made me care at all about what was happening. I’ll be honest— I tuned out for the last forty-five minutes, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. I definitely was not expecting to have such a viscerally negative reaction to this, but I think I can safely say that Constantine is one of the worst movies I have seen in a long, long time.
What is 5 Film Film Festival (5FFF)?
In short, 5 Film Film Festival is an ongoing personal project to help me watch more classic films. For each mini “festival,” I will choose a random theme (be it a genre, actor, director, etc.) and curate five movies that fit that theme to watch for the first time. When I started this journey, I posted my brief, unpolished thoughts on Letterboxd. I like this more informal, less pretentious mode of watching older movies, so as I begin documenting the project here on the site, don’t expect a lot of in-depth analysis— every “review” will read more like a “first reaction.”
If you’re like me, and you have more than a few blind spots in your cinematic knowledge, then consider joining me on this lifelong endeavor. Watch along, recommend themes, and organize some mini festivals of your own!