A movie nerd writes a unique film that plays with established genre tropes. He goes on to direct the project, and it becomes a cultural hit. The next film he makes is highly-anticipated and the performances of the actors are celebrated along with the writing and concept. A star is born in Hollywood.
This description now fits two of Hollywood’s finest minds. Quentin Tarantino may be one of the most unique and treasured directors of all time, but it now seems as though Jordan Peele is following in his footsteps and forging his own path to being the crowd-favorite. The success of Peele’s directoral debut, Get Out, has the movie industry eating out of the palm of Peele’s hands. Mirroring the way Tarantino’s Resevoir Dogs plays with the tropes of classic heist films, Get Out pays homage to legendary horrors of the past with references and cinematography as its own genre’s branded parallel.
Peele’s follow-up, Us, has been highly-anticipated and is as terrifying as it is mind-bending.
Us has quelled the fears that Jordan Peele may be a one-hit wonder, but more importantly, it stands alone as a follow-up while still immersing the viewer in the directorial themes Peele has established in Get Out. This is similar to the director-audience relationship that is present with Quentin Tarantino’s films. Both Tarantino and Peele now operate on consumer confidence, along with traditional marketing, to draw people to the theatre.