Are white people out to abduct and brainwash black males to turn them into sex slaves?
It’s safe to say that Jordan Peele is an accomplished comedian capable of both composing and delivering comedic sketches. Jordan began his career as an actor in the classic sketch comedy show, MADtv (2003-2008). He later became known for his shared sketch comedy project, Keye and Peele (2012-2015). This time around we get to see what Peele can do as both writer and director on a feature film; and boy does he have some wicked ideas floating around up there…
We open with a familiar fish out of water scenario of a casually dressed young black man that is anxiously pacing and contemplating his scenario as he walks down the nocturnal sidewalk of a predominantly white neighbourhood. Paranoia hits next level as he notices a white vehicle – playing what I can only describe as Jeepers Creepers like tunes) starts to drive alongside him and in the blink of an eye, a large person dressed in black, steps out, applies a choke hold and abducts the young man. This opening scene very much sets the tone for what’s to come.
The Characters are perfectly fleshed out; Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror) delivers an excellent performance as the skeptic black boyfriend that’s visiting his white girlfriend’s family home. Bradley Whitford (Cabin In The Woods) and Catherine Keener (Capote) are in top form as the satirical parents gradually dissecting (no pun intended) their daughter’s new black boyfriend. Lastly, in a near-show stealing performance, new comer LilRel Howery does an outstanding job as the paranoid best friend that expresses his firm belief in the theory that white people are out to isolate and abduct his best friend to brain wash him into a sex slave – yeah, and you may start to wonder just how plausible this wacky theory may be…
Aside from being heavily laced with timely social commentary, this satirical horror comedy has Kubrick and Hitchcockian DNA oozing throughout. It will tingle your spine, makes you jump, laugh and go through all of the symptoms that elevate your heart beat. Based on this film debut, Peele most certainly succeeds as a filmmaker; he delivers an exhilarating cinematic experience that is worth the price of admission. I cannot wait to see how Jordan follows this up!