Keanu and Winona’s new rom-com is a huge missed opportunity

Keanu and Winona’s new rom-com is a huge missed opportunity

Keanu and Winona, Winona and Keanu. Like Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, or Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, these grunge-era movie icons are so pure a pairing, you’d assume they starred in numerous films collectively.

However till this week’s new rom-com, “Vacation spot Marriage ceremony,” Reeves, 53, and Ryder, 46, have appeared collectively in solely three — “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), the animated “A Scanner Darkly” (2006) by Richard Linklater and in minor roles for “The Personal Lives of Pippa Lee” (2009).

Within the new film, the celebs play a pair of curmudgeonly cynics who bond on the wedding ceremony of his brother, who additionally occurs to be her ex.

I want I may let you know it’s good: It isn’t, however that’s to not say you’ll be able to’t benefit from the two of them bantering mean-spiritedly about everybody and the whole lot — or her monologue lauding the aesthetics of his penis.

Keanu Reeves performs Frank and Winona Ryder is Lindsay in “Vacation spot Marriage ceremony.”Robb Rosenfeld

They each lean exhausting into the unlikability of their characters, Lindsay and Frank, however essentially, they continue to be lovable. It nearly works. It makes you surprise what may have been — as a result of, whereas each seem to not have aged a lot since their ’90s heyday, they’ve additionally each develop into higher actors within the intervening many years. With a superior screenplay, who is aware of what magic may occur?

Even with out a lot movie historical past collectively, Ryder and Reeves have all the time been united of their gorgeously offbeat, space-cadet vibe: She’s at peak oddball in 1988’s “Beetlejuice,” he’s at most stoner-speak in 1989’s “Invoice & Ted’s Glorious Journey.”

They could even have been united in precise matrimony within the early ’90s, if current feedback from Ryder and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” director Francis Ford Coppola are on the extent: “[They] used a actual Romanian priest,” the actress advised Leisure Weekly, referring to the movie’s wedding ceremony scene. “We truly did the ceremony and had the priest do the ceremony,” Coppola mentioned in a subsequent Guardian interview. “So in a sense, after we have been all executed, we realized that Keanu and Winona actually are married as a results of this scene and this ceremony.”

Married or not, they clearly have an everlasting affection for each other. On the press circuit for “Vacation spot Marriage ceremony,” they claimed to have nursed crushes on each other again within the late ’80s. They each realized about their shortcomings with British accents the exhausting means (as “Dracula” can attest).

They’ve each had their quirks — her temporary foray into shoplifting, his penchant for consuming alone on park benches, immortalized within the “Unhappy Keanu” web meme. And each have seen their careers unexpectedly rise once more lately, hers with Netflix’s “Stranger Issues” and his with the “John Wick” franchise.

The ’90s are again in so many different methods — is it an excessive amount of to hope for a Keanu-Winona pairing off-screen, if we will’t get a respectable one on-screen? There are nicknames that might work. Keana. Winonu? Both means, it’d be glorious.

Reeves and Ryder share a tender scene in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”©Columbia Footage/Everett Assortment

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