Films: Jordan Peele

Us

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h
  • Directed by: Jordan Peele
  • Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Anna Diop
  • UK release: 22 March 2019

Adelaide (Nyong’o) and Gabe (Duke) arrive at their holiday home with their children, only to be confronted by a mysteriously familiar foursome. Peele’s follow up to Get Out is a neat twist on the home invasion story, with beautifully executed set pieces, and Nyong’o is phenomenal as both protagonist and chief aggressor.

Get Out

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jordan Peele
  • Written by: Jordan Peele
  • Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
  • UK release: 17 March 2017

Chris (Kaluuya) heads to upstate New York with his girlfriend Rose (Williams), for a dinner with her supposedly liberal parents (Whitford and Keener), only to find that things are very much other than they seem. Peele’s deep understanding of horror movies tropes combines with his own experiences as a black American, to…

Keanu

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Atencio
  • Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish
  • UK release: 15 July 2016

Hopeless stoner Rell (Peele) falls for the titular lovable kitten and, when it's stolen, enlists the equally useless Clarence (Key) to help get it back. Amiable, often inspired and surprisingly violent movie debut by US TV double act, with red-blooded action and plenty of laughs.

Storks

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • U
  • Directed by: Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
  • Written by: Nicholas Stoller
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Stephen Kramer Glickman

Storks used to deliver babies, but now they run an Amazon-style delivery service; then ambitious stork Junior (Samberg) and colleague Tulip (Crown) have to deliver an actual baby. Colourful animation and some amusing voice work can't fix the gigantic plot holes, which will leave both parents and kids scratching their heads.