Now, i believe Peele has proven to be a brilliant director. What he accomplished as a sketch artist to translate it to horror, I could tell he would not be a one hit wonder. What I mean by the hyping is that it seems that critics are looking to make a new genre of horror and make Jordan Peele the mastermind of a new movement for filming. I fear that the people who criticize him are giving him a instant pass because of the accomplishments of the first movie. This was the same mistake made about M. Knight Shyamalan, another director he is compared to a lot.
Was Us a great movie compared to Get Out? No. Not in my opinion. Is it a good movie on its own merit? Hell Yes. You should not compare the two and a lot of us are feeling that this would have served better if it were the first film instead of the second. I went in with a lot of Get Out baggage on my shoulders. This was a mistake. These are two different types of thrillers. As a director, once again, he's proven to be an actors director. He brings out the best in everyone. What he was able to get out of the children in this film proves that he is not a flash in the pan. I have no fear that Jordan will buy into any of the hype surrounding him the way I feel that M. Knight did posing on a magazine cover with the words, "The Next Spielberg" on it. If that were to happen, I would see it as more of a joke.
Learning from the mistakes of the past, I do not see Peele losing his way but time will tell. We'll have more perspective by the third or fourth attempt. Taking on Candyman and looking to do and not just his own original works is a sign that he is keeping a level head about everything probably due to his comedic background and the ability to laugh at himself.
I believe we can learn from the past and how we celebrity worship and over hype creative minds in the Hollywood/Hollyweird environment. People get a little bit too extra and start feeling themselves too fast. I do not find the logic in calling out Peele's movies as a sort of sub-genre. People all over medias and social medias are talking about the Us film in the terms of "I can't wait to see the next Jordan Peele movie" Not saying, the movie that is made by Jordan Peele but "The Jordan Peele Movie" in the same context as a Marvel Movie. We did not start saying this about Marvel till the Avengers film came out. That was when we new we were in a sub-genre of comic book films. It even took Shyamalan after Signs came out before we started testing the phrase "Shyamalan Film" and that did not last too long. I worry but I'm sure Peele will not go into the rabbit hole. Even M Night is starting to emerge out of it. Thank goodness.
Overall, this movie delivers but it was not as horrific as I was being lead to believe. It was thrilling and had some great moments but the ending may have been a little more predictable due to the trailers for me. I was not that blown away by it. Not like I was with Get Out. So go see this film, and get Get Out out of your head before you watch it. These two movies do not work in the same universe.
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