Keanu Review

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Who wouldn’t want to Save This Adorable Kitten

Key (Keegan-Michael Key) & Peele (Jordan Peele) are a comedic duo that has a successful television show on Comedy Central. They have received national spotlight for their Angry President Obama skit and were invited to the White House Correspondence Dinner for the past few years because of the skit’s popularity. They have even met the President Obama because he loves their comedy sketches too. This duo transcends one type of comedy because their fan base is a mixture of different age groups and races.  It’s not surprising that Key and Peele have delivered one of the funniest comedies of this decade by starting in a film called Keanu.

Rell (Peele) is depressed from being dumped by his girlfriend but finds happiness when a little kitten comes knocking at his door.  His best friend, Clarence (Michael Key), comes over to Rell’s house to perk him up but falls in love with the kitten who is named Keanu.  Over the next two weeks, Rell’s life has had a real upswing so the he and Clarence friends have a guy’s night out. They come back to Rell’s house only to find the place was broken into and Keanu missing.  Rell and Clarence make a pact to find Keanu, and get themselves involved in dangerous unlawful activities while searching for Keanu. There are two negatives about Keanu which the ending has multiple endings and some of the jokes don’t work; however, the film is one of the comedy action movies of this decade.

The cast makes the film hilarious. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are two fantastic leads. They have amazing chemistry with each other and showcase their acting talents in several scenes. They really capture these moments especially they are approached by gangsters and come up with their gangster identities.  Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman, Will Forte, and Tiffany Haddish are the supporting cast and each have a part in the plot by being gangster. They have very good chemistry with Key and Peele also.  The five actors have scenes that add a lot of comedy to the film. The real show stealer is the cat, Keanu. The little kitten is just adorable. He is also voiced by a famous actor.  Keanu has a heavy pop culture undertone in it. George Michael and Liam Neeson are reference along with other aspects of pop culture.

Keanu is a rated R comedy so please don’t take kids to see it.  I saw a ten-year old in the theater yesterday with his two brothers.  The film stars a great comedic cast and a kitten that steals the show. Not all of the jokes made people laugh but no comedy is perfect either.  Keanu gets a 4 out 5 for being hilarious and having great pop culture references in it.

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Straight Outta Compton (Review)

Straight Outta Compton Directed by: F. Gray Gray Written by: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff Produced by: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube Starring: O'Shea Jackson as Ice Cube Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E Aldis Hodge as MC Ren Neil Brown as DJ Yella Brandon LaFourche as Arabian Prince Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller

Straight Outta Compton
Directed by: F. Gray Gray
Written by: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff
Produced by: Dr. Dre and Ice Cube
Starring:
O’Shea Jackson as Ice Cube
Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre
Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E
Aldis Hodge as MC Ren
Neil Brown as DJ Yella
Brandon LaFourche as Arabian Prince
Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller

A Film About the Injustices in Society

NWA are considered to be the founders of Gangsta rap.  Straight Outta Compton was their first album and changed hip hop forever.  Straight Outta Compton is a biographical film about the group’s formation, rise to stardom, and fall. It was written by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (writer of World Trade Center (2006)).  Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures financed it, and it is being produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.  F. Gary Gray, who directed Friday and a few of NWA’s music videos, directed Straight Outta Compton. The creative team has produced contemporary biopic classic because of the story, tone, cinematography, and the performances of the three lead actors.

Straight Outta Compton begins with Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) collecting money from the selling of drugs when the Compton police raid the house. Eazy barely escapes and helps him alter his perspective on life.  Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) is a low level DJ for a club barely making any money when he is kicked out by his mom.  Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) is in high school and writing lyrics for his own group.  Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are friends and want to rap about the real world in which they live, see, and are apart of everyday in Compton, CA. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube perform at the local and are scolded by the club’s owner for trying to insight a riot. Dr. Dre gets arrested by the police for standing outside the club and is bailed out by Eazy.  Dr. Dre and Eazy formulate a plan to make hardcore rap record, and they along with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Arabian Prince form NWA.  They make a single sung by Eazy-E and it becomes a smash hit throughout California. Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti) approaches Eazy about being the manager of NWA, and the rise of NWA and Gangsta rap begins.

Straight Outta Compton is exceptionally well written and directed.  The film’s story parallels today’s society in suburbia and urban America.  Music fanatic or fans of the group will know how Straight Outta Compton, but the film doesn’t focus on the group aspect like a musical documentary.  It tells the story of the racial profiling that Oakland area and other giant cities are known for.  Ice Cube walks out of a house where the Compton police are inspecting black people for drug. The police force him into submission and pat him down for drugs. The scene is shot so well and the cinematography makes you feel the disgust toward the police force from the citizens. The film also has several scenes about Rodney King riots and there so realistic. Straight Outta Compton creates the perspective why the song “Fuck tha Police” was written and sung with such anger and hostility from the group.  The acting in the movie is also exceptional.

(The clip above shows the personalities of every character and very representative of the real life members of NWA. It also gives you a sense how amazing each actor is in this movie.)

O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell embody all of the characteristics and qualities of their real life counterparts. Jackson is Ice Cube’s son, and he has that snarl and cold face that his dad is known for throughout the movie.

Hawkins embodied Dr. Dre’s attitude and musical ear. Dr. Dre has always wanted to produce great music with any musical artist, and Hawkins displays that in his scenes with the actor who played Snoop Dog and Tupac. Jason Mitchell plays Eazy-E and the real life man had outgoing attitude.  Mitchell encompasses that attitude, and he’s so enjoyable in the film. Mitchell grabbed the audience’s attention when they first saw him on screen. The three actors along with Neil Brown (played DJ Yella) and Aldis Hodge (played) MC Ren formed such a great dynamic on screen. Hollywood might have the Avengers but this were the musical Avengers who talked about the real problems in society. The actors nailed that aspect of the NWA and made the audience feel like they were part of the group’s chemistry. Paul Giamatti plays Jerry Heller, NWA’s manager.

Overall, Straight Outta Compton is very good movie. It is probably one of my favorite movies of the year. The last thirty minutes really shifts into drama instead a musical biopic which is the biggest weakness. Straight Outta Compton gets 4.5 out of 5.