For years I have thought that I was the only one and then out-of-the-blue my dear friend, whose a director and acting coach, posts this piece on Facebook that confirms ‘I am not alone,’ and that there are many others that feel the same way as I do. If it’s see-through [acting skills] is it solid?
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure got by me (I didn’t go to the movies to see it), but I did see it on cable upon it’s release, and it was a silly nilly adolescents fantasy film. I thought the principles, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, appeared to be no serious acting threats.
Keanu Reeves career has proved otherwise. He is Neo of The MATRIX, who ironically seemed a lot like Bill in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Boxy in charm. Script to mouth delivery – exact. No complexity at all. The simplicity of the actor seemed to fit the motherboard completely. Not once but 3 times. I came to love the boxy charm that Neo yielded us. Him not changing became the constant variable in the series and we (the viewing public) came to count on it.
Still, Keanu Reeves is who he is, but is his acting all that? My Acting Coach posted this feed on his FB timeline the other day and it’s a pretty sufficient read and breakdown of ‘How to differentiate good acting from bad acting,” and wouldn’t you know, Keanu Reeves made the textbook cut:
“Some people think acting is good if they like the movie. Keanu Reeves, in my mind, is a horrible actor—mostly because he’s wooden and fake. It often seems as if he’s reading from cue cards rather than saying words that are his. There is a difference between playing an undemonstrative person and being a wooden actor…”
Quora also touched on the skills of the TWILIGHT series damsel:
“Kristen Stewart. It’s almost painful to watch her. She looks like she’d rather be anywhere else besides in front of a camera. She is (or seems) very self-conscious.”
Again, we agree. Twilight killed me the most, in part, because of the storyline intent – a girl stringing along two guys. When adolescents watch movies, they often put themselves in the shoes of a character. I was not thrilled to think that little girls all over the world wanted to be in the shoes of Twilights Bella. Love triangles rarely end well. I didn’t want my daughters pining over the role. The other reason I was hindered in enjoying the film is because Kristen looked ‘forced’ in every scene. The guy sitting in front of me, in the theater, became annoyed with me during the show, because of my loud snoring. lol! If his eyes could cut through dreams… It’s a good thing I sleep with my eyes closed.
I enjoyed the piece, you should read the remainder
and align yourself, both: critic and entertainer.
It’s good to recognize, but then you’re a pro, yourself.
The average movie goer can discern forced acting from stealth.
I know there’s nothing average about Keanu Reeves or Kristen Stewart.
They may not be all that in range, but to draw a crowd: they do it.
Now Keanu is up to star in another film, “JOHN WICK,”
I’m going to stand back and observe – I sure hope it’s a hit!
Because then, the bad acting question will become cellophane through and though,
and I’ll be forced to believe Keanu acts this way, because he skillfully intends too.
Perhaps to him, range of skill is a bit taboo.
All the same, in my profession, I’m always looking to sharpen ‘the discern,’
Reading and highlighting notes. The best way to know is to learn.