Before he directed “Get Out
,” Jordan Peele
was best known as a comedy figure, one half of the famed “Key & Peele
” duo. His first feature transformed Peele
’s reputation: As “Get Out
” grossed over $250 million worldwide, Peele
became known first and foremost as a filmmaker, with his racially-tinged story about rich white people who keep black people under mind control striking audiences as both outrageous and eerily familiar. No matter the absurd premise, “Get Out
” explores the paranoia and victimization of the African American experience
with palpable suspense and ideas that go well beyond the realm of punchlines.
Nevertheless, as the movie careens through awards season, Golden Globes voters will be considering “Get Out
” in the Best Musical or Comedy category, not for Best Drama. This outcome has prompted plenty of online backlash, and a tweet from Peele
calling the movie a documentary, acknowledging the limitations of those categories.
’ is a documentary.