His massive talent laced with an ability to not age has left two very different generations amidst the war of the century!
The question that seems to arise is, does Keanu Reeves truly belong to the Millennials? What does his original generation of fans have to say about this? Has Gen X set the course to reclaim Reeves?
Read on to find out more and get ready to pick your side for this is going to be interesting!
Keanu Reeves is a name that flashes like diamonds in Hollywood. Not many actors have been able to touch him since the release of John Wick. But which generation does the actor really belong to? That seems to be the main question everywhere these days!
- What exactly did Generation X miss out on?
- What was the turning point of his career?
- What does Generation X have to say about this?
Keanu Reeves has excelled in many types of roles and different movie genres. From little workmanship house ventures and enormous spending blockbusters, right from discussing Shakespeare to doing Kung-fu.
He has reliably demonstrated that there’s definitely more to his ability as an entertainer than meets the eyes. Regretably, quite a few from back in the 90s neglected.
What exactly did Generation X miss out on?
At the point when Reeves initially rose to the occasion in the ’80s adolescent dramatizations, for example, River’s Edge and Flying, he was in a split second eminent for his striking features. His pulled back or withdrawn effect, which to a great extent categorized him as a half-witted pretty kid.
His breakout jobs were the dopey, handily deceived subject Raphael Danceny in ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (1988) and a merry stoner in two 1989 comedies, ‘Parenthood and ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’.
The executive Kathryn Bigelow, who was looking to make the high-octane surfer-cop film ‘Point Break’, narrowed in on Reeves’ intrinsic affability in these motion pictures and cast him in the now-legendary role, Johnny Utah. That film re-imagined him as an action star!
However, even as he worked with acclaimed executives including Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula), and Bernardo Bertolucci (Little Buddha), he was never paid attention to as a serious on-screen character.
Reeves stays most popular for featuring in thrill rides, for example, Speed, The Devil’s Advocate, and of course The Matrix, his most conspicuous job of all.
While Generation X generally excused him as one-note, more youthful watchers better comprehended his subtleties as an entertainer; the strange hypnotic and psychedelic particularity of his lines; and the famous actor enchantment inborn in parts like Neo, John Wick, and Johnny Utah.
It’s difficult to envision any other person in those roles, which is the proof of Reeves’ particular screen presence and unique acting demeanor.
What was the turning point of his career?
‘The Matrix’ denoted a rebound following a while of failures for Keanu Reeves. Then came ‘John Wick’, which acquainted him with a more youthful age of activity fans also known as the millennials.
When John Wick was discharged in 2014, it appeared that Keanu Reeves’ vocation as an A-lister would have at long last finished. He hadn’t shown up in a film industry hit since 2008’s generally panned The Day The Earth Stood Still. For the most part, he spent the mediating years acting in little outside the box films and guiding and creating one of his own, the magnificent however little-seen Man Of Tai Chi.
John Wick was made economically and coordinated by Reeves’ previous trick twofold Chad Stahelski, who was also part of The Matrix. The film is a triumph of practical narrating and fresh, stunning action sequences. Its account of a resigned professional killer getting payback on the Russian horde is a basic one.
However, it’s was fuelled by Reeves’ anguish-stricken execution, his devotion to the tricks and action. Moreover, the film’s humorously thick world-building added extra pizzazz to the assassin’s story.
John Wick by and by resuscitated Reeves’ marquee-icon status, something that has been discounted again and again, just for the entertainer to show crowds one more new side of himself, one that the millennials seemed to live for, from women going crazy for Reeves to fans crying when he cries and laughing when he laughs, this level of crazy fandom is something that Keanu has never encountered before.
The Millennials claim that Keanu Reeves flourished and flew high as a god among actors is during their period and hence, he belongs to their generation. Reeves is also a representative of the film culture of this time as a whole (I mean, he doesn’t look like he’s aged even a year yet, so why not!).
What does Generation X have to say about this?
Generation X is known mostly for invisibility, remaining primarily absent in the great generational war between Millennials and Boomers. But the slacker generation has finally found the motivation needed to get mad at people of a different age group from them.
All it took was for pseudo-intellectual stalwart The Atlantic to publish a smarmy article by David Sims attempting to claim that Millennials discovered Keanu Reeves. In the article, ostensibly meant to launch The Atlantic’s new movie club with a watch along and discussion of My Own Private Idaho and headlined “Millennials Just ‘Get’ Keanu Reeves”, started the war to claim the god.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. Are boomers actually clicking on an article and reading all the way to the second-to-last paragraph to get mad online? Nu-Uh! Not happening! This seems to be too fast for their pace.
But Atlantic, knowing how to bring their A-game, also slowed to their pace by tweeting about their article to get the Generation X onto their toes, “While Generation X mostly dismissed him as wooden and one-note, younger viewers better understand his nuances as a performer.” @davidlsims discusses the career of Keanu Reeves for our first #AtlanticMovieClub.”
The planned impact was quick, with an age of underachievers not going to let a Costco-brand, Starbucks-sipping millennial take away a certain something — the one god damn thing — they can completely profess to have accomplished: making Keanu Reeves a star.
By the day’s end, everybody came out a champ in this generational engagement. A maturing and progressively imperceptible Generation X got the opportunity to recollect what it wanted. An uncommon yet fulfilling feeling of going through a social media war, Atlantic got super-likes and a lot of attention their new venture and the sparky millennials got the chance to react to these tries with mocking tones, sarcastic whips and ‘OK Boomer’ memes on their comfort war-zone, the social media!