Keanu Reeves Guilty of HENRY’S CRIME

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Keanu Reeves is known for many things.  He’s so zen that many consider his brain is on stand-by.  He will always be known for fantastic action movies like “Point Blank”, “Speed”, and “The Matrix”.  I also know him because I come to his defense every time someone says he can’t act and then I have to tell them to watch “The Gift” even though I don’t think it’s a very good film but I think Reeves is one of the few positive contributions.

But I wouldn’t say Keanu is known for comedy.  Oh, he’s had some hilarious films but I’m pretty sure movies like “Johnny Mnemonic”, “The Watcher”, and “Chain Reaction”, weren’t intentionally comedic.  Now it looks like Keanu is going to try and make us laugh with “Henry’s Crime”.  Find out if you can enjoy Keanu without irony after the jump.

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Variety reports that in “Henry’s Crime”, Reeves will play a bighearted man who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo in the Capraesque romantic comedy scripted by Sacha Gervasi who made his directing debut with the acclaimed documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”.  Capraesque can easily veer into a full-blown diabetes brought on by more saccharine that the body can handle but if it’s handled well, like in 2001′s “The Majestic”, it can be a rather charming movie.  I know Keanu can play bighearted but is he funny?  Can he pratfall?  Is he going to be like Clark Gable in “It Happened One Night” and charm his way into our hearts along with a leading lady who can match his wits?  Can audiences believe that Keanu Reeves has charm and wit?

I’m going to keep defending Keanu although I’m not exactly sure why.  He certainly refuses to stick to one genre even though he’s found his greatest success in action movies.  But since he’s the poster boy for flat acting, he keeps getting hit with tomatoes although there are worse actors out there who hardly ever challenge themselves.  It’s also tough for Keanu since it seems like he only makes a resurgence after a string of flops, will have one massively successive film, and then repeat the pattern.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pull a Chris Crocker and shoot a video with me screaming for people to leave Keanu alone.




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  • cant_stop_yawning

    Keanu is worth defending. The guy is a great american icon who never really got his due because he wasn’t a raging media whore. He has taken all of the jokes at his expense in stride. He had the good sense to walk away from a franchise he could see wasn’t worth the effort (Speed) which took tremendous nerve. I can still remember seeing Speed in the theater and thinking “why can’t all action movies have the hero deliver lines like ‘we’re all going to die’”. Even “Johnny Mnemonic”, which was profoundly awful – granted, is still fun on late night cable. Finally, Keanu didn’t chase the money, unlike, say, Nic Cage.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    Keanu is worth defending. The guy is a great american icon who never really got his due because he wasn’t a raging media whore. He has taken all of the jokes at his expense in stride. He had the good sense to walk away from a franchise he could see wasn’t worth the effort (Speed) which took tremendous nerve. I can still remember seeing Speed in the theater and thinking “why can’t all action movies have the hero deliver lines like ‘we’re all going to die’”. Even “Johnny Mnemonic”, which was profoundly awful – granted, is still fun on late night cable. Finally, Keanu didn’t chase the money, unlike, say, Nic Cage.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    Keanu is worth defending. The guy is a great american icon who never really got his due because he wasn’t a raging media whore. He has taken all of the jokes at his expense in stride. He had the good sense to walk away from a franchise he could see wasn’t worth the effort (Speed) which took tremendous nerve. I can still remember seeing Speed in the theater and thinking “why can’t all action movies have the hero deliver lines like ‘we’re all going to die’”. Even “Johnny Mnemonic”, which was profoundly awful – granted, is still fun on late night cable. Finally, Keanu didn’t chase the money, unlike, say, Nic Cage.

  • AngelWitch

    Has anyone ever wondered what Johnny Mnemonic would have been like if the American distributor had left it alone?

    Basically what happened was it was taken away and re-cut by the American distributor in the last month of its prerelease life, and it went from being a very funny, very alternative piece of work to being something that had been very unsuccessfully chopped and cut into something more mainstream.

    —William Gibson, in interview with The Peak magazine, 19th October, 1998

  • AngelWitch

    Has anyone ever wondered what Johnny Mnemonic would have been like if the American distributor had left it alone?

    Basically what happened was it was taken away and re-cut by the American distributor in the last month of its prerelease life, and it went from being a very funny, very alternative piece of work to being something that had been very unsuccessfully chopped and cut into something more mainstream.

    —William Gibson, in interview with The Peak magazine, 19th October, 1998

  • AngelWitch

    Has anyone ever wondered what Johnny Mnemonic would have been like if the American distributor had left it alone?

    Basically what happened was it was taken away and re-cut by the American distributor in the last month of its prerelease life, and it went from being a very funny, very alternative piece of work to being something that had been very unsuccessfully chopped and cut into something more mainstream.

    —William Gibson, in interview with The Peak magazine, 19th October, 1998

  • firehorse66

    I think that Keanu Reeves has grown into a great actor. I never really cared for everyones favorite Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but in Much Ado About Nothing, although only a small part he shows he can act and I have found that I can watch him in most other movies. I thought he excelled in A Walk in the Clouds, The Lake House and Street Kings. He is worth defending. He is one of the few actors I know I can go to watch and enjoy in the movies even if the movie isn’t that great. I have seen over the years many actors get accolades for work I did not see as great but it seemed that just because of who they are they were praised. It’s nice to see someone work to expand their acting skills.

  • firehorse66

    I think that Keanu Reeves has grown into a great actor. I never really cared for everyones favorite Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but in Much Ado About Nothing, although only a small part he shows he can act and I have found that I can watch him in most other movies. I thought he excelled in A Walk in the Clouds, The Lake House and Street Kings. He is worth defending. He is one of the few actors I know I can go to watch and enjoy in the movies even if the movie isn’t that great. I have seen over the years many actors get accolades for work I did not see as great but it seemed that just because of who they are they were praised. It’s nice to see someone work to expand their acting skills.

  • firehorse66

    I think that Keanu Reeves has grown into a great actor. I never really cared for everyones favorite Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but in Much Ado About Nothing, although only a small part he shows he can act and I have found that I can watch him in most other movies. I thought he excelled in A Walk in the Clouds, The Lake House and Street Kings. He is worth defending. He is one of the few actors I know I can go to watch and enjoy in the movies even if the movie isn’t that great. I have seen over the years many actors get accolades for work I did not see as great but it seemed that just because of who they are they were praised. It’s nice to see someone work to expand their acting skills.

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