20 June 2022

Keanu Reeves: Most Triumphant - Book Review

Keanu Reeves: Most Triumphant: The Movies and Meaning of an Irrepressible Icon by Alex Pappademas
Publication date: May 3, 2022
Pages: 336 pages
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars ☆☆
Sweet Spark: Keanu Reeves has made a lot of movies!

Keanu Reeves is one of those celebrities who has kept his nose clean, ya know? But part of that is keeping his private business more-or-less private. We know what's public record, which are some pretty deep personal tragedies, but there really isn't public record of his personal responses.

With that said, this author tried to build a more personal journey into the movies that Keanu Reeves has been in, and the order that he worked on them. There were some insightful observations, but nothing really 'personal' from Keanu Reeves. Maybe this is the coverage a star gets when he prefers to remain private?

Overall, this book made me want to watch the movies - re-watch the ones I've already seen, but maybe even start from the beginning and watch all these movies. The author is obviously a very true fan, as he was able to comment extensively about most of the moves, and even the movies that were not crowd favorites got some positive observations.

Overall, I'm only able to give this book 2 out of 5 stars. I just wasn't the audience. As I said, the book made me think of watching the movies, but I really don't have time for that. I'm a reader, and this was really a book written for movie fans. It felt like a personal discussion, but I didn't walk away with much more knowledge of Keanu Reeves than I started with - I felt unable to hold up my end of the discussion without quite a few extra hours to watch the movies.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my chance to read the electronic copy of the book and offer my unbiased opinion.

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