I am not a fan of horror movies. Let’s just get that out of the way, because the only reason why I wanted to see this movie was because I support Jordan Peele, and the main character was Black. I had to do it, but as for what I was getting myself into? Lord, it was deeper than what the trailer presented, and even then it brought a lot to the table. From MadTV to Key & Peele, maybe because I probably didn’t pay full attention, but I didn’t think Jordan Peele had some shit in his brain to throw out like this. My God. I won’t spoil much (although if you follow me on Twitter, the tea has been stirred – issa pun).
Interracial relationships are a beautiful thing. Cultures coming together to merge as one, and it gives people opportunities to create children of unique backgrounds and allows them to explore a wide array of cultural lessons in their lives. At one point, interracial relationships (lets’ just keep it with Black & White for the sake of the movie) was forbidden, and even today it comes off as an issue for some, because of historical purposes. Now, I’m not about to turn this into a thing about whether they’re right or wrong, but there were a lot of subliminal messages within the movie that open up the conversation about some things that go down in awkward exchange between Black & White people in relationships. Chris & Rose make up that couple, and where police discrimination, blatant racism, and cringe-worthy interactions with elderly White people brought those unforgettable personal feelings to the surface, those weren’t all the things that made the movie scary.
Black man. Meeting the family of a White girlfriend in a secluded neighbourhood. FEAR! Listen, love is love and all that good stuff, but Black people will always have those thoughts at the back of their minds that they hope some foolishness doesn’t pop off, and of course in this movie, shit pops off and it’s the nightmare we don’t (speaking as a Black man now) do not wish to live. I know Black people across the board can vouch. This is what we live through on a day to day, and given that the movie itself is fictional, if you don’t think Black people were shaky about their trust of White people now? Child…pray.
This is an amazing movie, and Jordan Peele can really be the Wes Craven that Black people deserve in this life. He already said that he’s planning on making more, and honestly (truly) I’m here for it. I still hate horror movies, but I’ll gladly check out what Peele brings to the table (as long as it isn’t tea). Go watch it. Immediately. Then join us in praising it. But for now, this is my opinion, this is my review,
That’s My Word & It STiXX