This year, there was only one I cared about, by a pretty huge margin—the teaser trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2.
Lainey has talked about John Wick, I’ve talked about John Wick—at this point, you’re either on the John Wick train or you’re not, and if you’re not, what the f*ck is wrong with you, seriously.
Keanu’s failed performances are those that push him toward a theatricality against his natural instincts.
He’s not working any more or less than he was before, and he hasn’t really changed the type of movies he’s interested in making, it’s just that, in the wake of John Wick, people are suddenly realizing he’s not a bad actor—just a very specific one (see also: Angelica Jade Bastién’s fantastic defense Full Story There are movies that are not good, there are movies that are bad, and then are movies that are gross.
It’s hard to figure out which review is the most damning.
Total Film writes dismissively that “[y]ou can visibly see Keanu attempting to not end every one of his lines with ‘dude.’” Entertainment Weekly said he appeared “out of his depth.” Ask Men was especially vicious, writing, “It’s one thing to cast Keanu Reeves as an esteemed British lawyer, but it’s quite another to ask him to act alongside Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins[...] [They] ran circles around the poor Canuck, exposing his lack of range, shoddy accent, and abysmal instincts for all to see.” Yes, in "Dracula" Keanu is overburdened by the period costumes, lost in the details of each frame as if he were another illusion, appearing as though he’s wandered onto the wrong set. It’s because he’s fighting against his natural instincts as an actor.
I haven’t seen John Wick: Chapter 2 yet (read Sarah’s review here Read Full Intro First and most important: Nothing bad happens to the dog.
In fact, the first fifteen minutes of John Wick: Chapter 2 play like something of an apology for the first fifteen minutes of John Wick, as Chapter 2 opens with a rousing car chase and a surprisingly funny recap of the first movie.