Get Out Review
Get Out is a horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, and Catherine Keener.
The Story/The Direction:
This film tells the story of Chris (Kaluuya) who is at the point in his relationship with his girlfriend, Rose (Williams), where he meets her parents. They drive upstate for a weekend getaway where he finds her family accommodating behavior odd. He initially treats this as their attempt to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship but as soon learns, there's something else going on. The plot is basically a psychotic Guess Who is Coming to Dinner.
This is the first film that Peele of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," has directed but the second he has written with the first being 2016's Keanu. His debut brings a complex, accomplished genre hybrid of comedy and horror. This is both unsettling and hilarious at the same time. This film is obviously satirizing films like The Stepford Wives while adding a racial twist. Peele is doing what horror films are known for doing, taking fears and turning up the dial. He uses an identifiable racial tension that could come up when a black man visits his white girlfriend's family or honestly anyone's meeting of their partner's family. The clues add up as the film progresses and the audience doesn't know if something is wrong or if Chris is overanalyzing the racial tension. Peele keeps the audience on the edge of their seat the entire journey. The final act is this thrill ride that was beautifully written by Peele. As director, he finds a unique story through some great visual shots. The significance of this film is a great comment on the racial issue in the United States.
Both the leads of Kaluuya and Williams were great in their characters and made me care for them in their own specific ways. Kaluuya should be getting some calls after this film as he is the star of this film. His character is both tragic and innocent and Kaluuya plays each emotion to a tee. In addition, the character Howery played was great as well who added some great comedy relief while also still being essential to the story. The rest of the supporting cast are also great as they are able to keep the tension going throughout the film.
While the tension that the film had did create a satisfying ending that won't bother most, it felt really quick. In addition, some of the comedy takes away from the seriousness of the film. If people are laughing too much, they may miss the overall message of the film. This may go away after repeat viewings though.
Even with the small issue of a rushed ending, this film is fantastic. Each part of this film shows his passion for his art. It is obvious that Peele comes from a comedy background but he put out an amazingly risky film on his first attempt in a genre that he is not known for doing. He is no longer "Jordan Peele the comedian/writer." He is now "Jordan Peele the filmmaker." Kaluuya is fantastic and could get some nominations for this film as should Peele. This amazing film is worth buying on Blu-ray or VOD and watching again and again.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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