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Jordan Peele makes a compelling case that ‘Get Out’ is a Christmas movie

Man with a white beard? Check. Multiple deer? Check. Bunch of snowflakes? Check.

 

Bryan Rolli

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Published Dec 26, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 6:54 am CDT

Christmas is over for another year, which means you get a reprieve from listening to your subversive cousin in his sophomore year of film school insist that Die Hard is the best Christmas movie of all time. But now, there’s a new “alternative Christmas film” to add to the canon: Get Out.

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Taking movies that are set during Christmastime and trying to force them into the “holiday movie” mold even if their plots do nothing to support that classification has become a celebrated seasonal activity. Director Jordan Peele is keenly aware of this, and yesterday he added his racially charged horror-comedy to the list after being prompted on Twitter.

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Twitter user @MaseInUrFace posed the question to Peele, to which he responded: “Let’s see… there’s a man with a white beard, multiple deer, a fire place, a bunch of snowflakes, and a guy named Chris goes down a dark hole! I’d say go for it!”

https://twitter.com/MaseInUrFace/status/945087475646472192

Peele already argued that Get Out is a documentary after the Golden Globes nominated it as a comedy, but his logic here seems impeccable. Classifying Get Out as a Christmas movie also supports the notion that the best holiday films offer more than frivolous romance and a heavy dose of kitsch. Instead, Peele’s film offers riveting social commentary and allows its protagonist to overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity, emerging on the other side a smarter and better man prepared to live his greatest life. Also, there’s no denying the Armitage family was dreaming of a white Christmas.

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Let’s see John McClane top that.

H/T Uproxx

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2017, 8:41 am CST