Love that portrait of 95′ Keanu Reeves by Jackie Sun

I’m currently KonMari-ing my computer of the 30 years of combined backups it holds. I had Internet early when I was at university, and at the time when it was still difficult for me to find good reads about my favorite celebrities (River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves), I saved articles about them. A lot of them went to the bin because they’re irrelevent so much later. But upon reading that one, unfortunately saved without the source, just the author’s name (Jackie Sun. If you read these lines, I hope you don’t mind me sharing your article. I loved it but I will remove it if you want), and since it doesn’t seem to be available online anywhere, I figured I should « save » it on this blog to share that insightul portrait of Keanu Reeves.

Keanu Reeves is a reactive actor. Keanu Reeves is a physical actor. Keanu
Reeves is a star. A Walk in the Clouds confirms that all three statements
are true.

Reeves is best in movie roles, where he mainly reacts to other characters or
events. He uneasily initiates action, but he exudes far more confidence as a
gorgeous, but modest object of desire. Gus Van Sant knew this in My Own
Private Idaho, when he made Reeves the callous object of River Phoenix’s
unrequited longing. Kathryn Bigelow knew this in Point Break, when she shot
the opening scene of Reeves expertly handling a rifle, in a black T-shirt,
tightened by the pouring rain. Jan De Bont knew this in Speed, when he
included that shot of intertwined Reeves and Sandra Bullock careening their
graceful way out from an exploding bus, onto the airport tarmac through a
tangle of gorgeous blood red ribbons. Alfonso Arau knows this in A Walk in
the Clouds.

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