Keanu (2016) Review | The Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 306
In the ROOM this week, the gang frolics through Los Angeles on an epic kitty action adventure with KEANU and then basks in the cuteness to the tune of all the kicky George Michael written into the story. As if kitten frolicking and George Michael wasn’t enough, we also get down and dirty with our Captain America: Civil War predictions and follow that path all the way around to our favorite comic book movie adaptations. Spoilers, there are two Batman movies in our personal picks.
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We were most surprised by one element of the story which sprang from Keegan-Michael Key’s real life love of your favorite member of Wham! and ours, George Michael. Keanu is seeing mostly positive reviews on the heels of its Friday (April 29) opening, but the real winner is Mr. Michael, himself. That’s because the singer’s music, his likeness and, in fact, his very being is a key story point, especially for Key’s character, in the movie.
Keegan-Michael Key is a big fan of the British singer, who first exploded onto the pop music scene in the early 1980s with his band Wham!, then went on to have massive success as a solo singer. But in Keanu, a love of George Michael goes deeper than just fly tunes. As the comedy duo look to retrieve their kitten from a local drug dealer, the enact change on those around them, and one of the thugs even gets a George Michael tattoo. In another scene, Michael’s video for “Faith” is incorporated into a hilarious drug trip sequence.
Essentially, Key leaned into his love of George Michael, depicting him as so cool that even a hardcore murderer gets a tattoo of him. Similarly, Key’s and Peele’s characters go from quiet, unassuming guys to street thugs and the emotions from the songs they use (four in total!) provides a method for understanding the changes to themselves and the other characters. KEY – WRITE A MUSICAL. WITH GEORGE MICHAEL.
For more fun, check out the cast of the film talking about how much of a diva those kittens were to work with:
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