I must say: for those of you whose thoughts have been messed up after the craziness of recent years, it’s not Jordan Peele’s third directing credit. And damn if the man didn’t bring his A-game again. Yes, there will definitely be times when you watch this movie and say things like “What…?””As…?””Why…?””But??”And this is to be expected; This is Jordan Peele’s joint, so there will be times when Peele, like in his previous movies, wants you to sit down and think about things instead of spoon-feeding. He wants you to go through these screen moments in the parts of your brain and discuss them with people. And believe me, my projection partners had a lot to talk about outside the cinema. I bet you will too.
This review will be difficult, since I don’t want to spoil anything for you by sharing a little bit of what is in the store when you are sitting in the multiplex. So let’s focus on the basics, shall we? The cinematography is crisp and clear, with a look reminiscent of classic CinemaScope productions and Spielberg’s early blockbusters. Sound editing is especially important in this story, and even the quiet parts are full of almost subliminal sounds that grab your attention and scare the hell out of you. Gore? Uhm. Yes and no? Depends on what you mean by that. But the FX is excellent, and it goes back to Spielberg from the 70s. I said too much…
The performances are first class. As always, Daniel Kaluuya is awesome as our protagonist. He offers a master class in silent emotion, and his ability to project humor and horror is something to watch. The other two in the artist trio above the title, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, are also giving awesome performances. Although their character traits are very different, their stories give them a lot to do. Both dig with enthusiasm. I hope that you will be quickly added to Peele’s stable of top talents. Greetings to Keith David, one of my favorite actors, and Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira, who steal the spotlight in their scenes.
No, offers something I thought I would never see; an interesting new look at horror tropics that I thought were knocked down by overuse for a long time. The topics of our fascination for all forms of spectacle, how we react / live in our world and how we as a species react to all sorts of things, fans and doctoral students will have a lot to offer in the coming years. This film is both of its time and timeless. Damn Peele, you did that well.
But you know… stay away from anything that suggests what’s going on in this movie before you leave. You will want to get on the blank slate as much as possible. You’re welcome.