The Wochowski Bros. can do character development very well if given a chance, as in Bound, which was very diminutive dyke Gina Gershon's best performance ever. (OK, maybe she really isn't ***, but she sure plays a lot of lesbians on screen for a straight woman) And John Hurt's Guy Fawkes character in V was a multidimensional suffering People's Hero who owed a lot to the Phantom of the Opera complete with mask, Hurt is terribly underrated, a superb character actor & has delivered in everything I've ever seen him do.
The Wochowski Bros. make a lot of CG-reliant, superficial eye candy films of high visual quality that directly relates to their megabux box office, but a lot more character substance is needed to qualify as great films.
And Point Break, My Own Private Idaho & River's Edge were Keanu's best performances. A Scanner Darkly had its moments but it's a Linklater rotoscoped film like Waking Life full of retinally blurred swimming images so it was hard to judge (like all Philip Dick novels morphed into movies, solid script & paranoid atmosphere), he & Robert Downey Jr. shone through & were good. Keanu was awful in Bram Stoker's Dracula (that phony British accent, uggh!), in Speed in an action role, in a romantic lead in the Sweet November remake, & yes even as a washed up QB in the Replacements which was an elaborate music video tweaked a bit here & there with a a hackneyed semi-plotline of the QB falling for the hot cheerleader & a checkbook performance from Hackman (he said in an interview that he owed >$3M a yr. to an ex-wife in alimony so he couldn't turn down any offers no matter how bad) to make it into a stereotyped underdogs winning out sports film. And he was as noted also bad in Much Ado, casting Keanu in Shakespeare is like putting a pair of fuzzy dice on a rearview mirror in a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.
If Larry Fishburne didnt have acne scars he would have enjoyed a much greater career as a leading man