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- Feb 16, 2022
- Westchester, NY
I don’t think he’s the next M. Night, but it does really feel like the story he really wanted to tell was Get Out and everything beyond that has been of subpar quality. At least to myself it sort of feels like he hasn’t lived up to the bar that most people have claimed he set.
Us had a great starting premise that got bogged down in heavy handed and obtuse messaging. Granted, Get Out wasn’t subtle either, but that movie did a lot better job of blending the messaging with the overall plot. Us had a five minute monologue of the villain explaining the theme of the movie.
That Candyman that he was involved with was pretty abysmal, honestly. It’s hard to talk about what that movie does really wrong without getting into the overtly controversial themes at the center of it, but for the sake of not starting an argument, the original handled every one of those themes in a more tasteful, scary, and realistic way than the sequel/soft-reboot did. The worst example has to be a bunch of well-off individuals complaining about something that they are actively participating in (you know what I’m talking about) compared to the first movie showing the effect of that thing in action and how it was negatively impacting the impoverished and affected.
I will grant that he had pretty minimal involvement in the Twilight Zone reboot aside from being the host and doing an episode or two. TV shows that aren’t written by a single showrunner or team of showrunners sort of get a pass here because I can’t judge someone based on another person’s dumb ideas.
I think for a lot of people, Nope is going to be that make or break thing for the public reception of Peele. Either you get a Lady in the Water situation where it’s a negatively received stupid movie that makes no sense and is just an ego-trip or you’re going to get a Sixth Sense situation where it reaffirms that this individual is a talented person who should be praised. I don’t see a lot of middle ground happening with this movie.