411mania.com (US), October 19, 2009
Ask 411 Movies for 10.19.09: Attack of the Killer Movie Columns!
by Leonard Hayhurst
(snipped for Keanu)
Q: Hey Leonard,
Great column regarding baseball films. I've actually added quite a few to my Netflix. After thinking about it, it made me wonder: What are the greatest football movies? I've seen Any Given Sunday and Remember the Titans, two of my favorites, but secretly, I enjoy The Replacements with Keanu Reeves. Are there any other good or even decent Football films out there?
Speaking of Keanu, why does he get such a bad rep? I'll admit that some of his stuff isn't that great, but he still does some pretty good films. Little Buddha, A Scanner Darkly, The Lake House (I constantly defend it, it's a decent movie) and the first two Matrix films were good. Is it just because he's so monotone? David Duchovny is the same, but people appear to enjoy the things he does.
A: A friend of mine took an acting class in college and the professor was the acting tutor for Keanu Reeves on Much Ado About Nothing. He said that she said she used to say that anyone could do Shakespeare, then she met Keanu Reeves. She doesn't say that anymore.
It's not so much the monotone delivery, as how that leads to the idea that he's dull and bland as an actor. I also wouldn't say that he's technically proficient as Laurence Olivier, but he's also a lot better than the tons of actors out there in low budget indy films and regional theater. As recent performances in Constantine and The Day the Earth Stood Still show, Reeves is learning how to make what he can do and what people's perceptions are of him work for him. He's also got a lot of turkeys on his filmography that does him no favors such as Johnny Mnemonic, Chain Reaction, The Watcher, Sweet November and Feeling Minnesota.