Keanu Reeves never really stepped away from the spotlight, but the “John Wick” films seem to have rejuvenated his career. His go-to movies operate on larger scales, whether it’s “Speed” or “The Matrix” series, but Reeves has made some interesting choices picking projects outside the action genre, it’s exciting to see the actor extend beyond a certain mold in terms of the films he chooses.
Reeves’ memorable comedies include “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which will be getting a third film sometime next year, “Parenthood,” or “The Replacements.” He romanced Diane Keaton in “Something’s Gotta Give,” which showed the actor isn’t afraid to take smaller roles in projects that received a greater reception than some of movies where he was the lead.
Reeves spent several movies courting some of the most talented actresses. In 2001’s soapy “Sweet November,” he starred with Charlize Theron and he re-teamed with Sandra Bullock for “Lake House,” which was a nice reunion in a relatively bland film.
Then there are the movies that register as pure guilty pleasures. Just this year, Reeves starred in “Replicas,” a movie which received near universal panning. Movies don’t get much campier than 2015’s “Knock Knock,” and Reeves really gives it his all in the midnight-at-the-drive-in thriller, where he helps two young women and everything that could go wrong does.
Reeves most interesting work can be found in Taylor Hackford’s “The Devil’s Advocate.” “Speed” is undoubtedly one of the greatest action movies ever made but Reeves was able to flex a few more acting muscles in “The Devil’s Advocate.” Most of the film belongs to Al Pacino’s large, and incredibly fun, performance, but Reeves is no less effective watching the madness unfold around him.