Who would have thought that Jordan Peele would make his directorial debut with a satirical horror film in early 2017? Certainly, not me, but I am so glad that he did.
“Get Out” centers around an interracial relationship between Chris and Rose, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, as they visit Rose’s parents for a weekend at their secluded family estate. The fact that Chris is black has not been brought up to her parents yet, and it sets up a tone of eerie discomfort for the entirety o the first act. While trailers might depict it as a typical slasher flick with a racial twist, “Get Out” is the anti-horror film of sorts, continuing the modern trend of intelligent and resourceful protagonists, and a self-aware humor that is a breath of fresh air after a barrage of horror cliches that just will not die.
First off, the acting in this film is stellar. Daniel Kaluuya as Chris was amazing, every line was believable, and his girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, was also fantastic. This is in part due to Peele’s fantastic script. It is written so realistically, as it comments on the relations between black and white people today. Rose’s father, Dean Armitage played by Bradley Whitford, seems to overcompensate to prove he is in fact not racist, saying things like “I would’ve voted for Obama for a third term if I could.” These are comments on how racism may not materialize in the form of segregation or racially aggressive comments, rather in Caucasians desperately trying to relate to Chris on the fact that he is black. This idea is so well realized by the characters and the script, as well as Peele’s directing throughout the film.
The direction and cinematography of the film were very good throughout the film. The opening shot was both eerie and hilarious, as the entire scene was one continuous shot. Other sequences that utilize perfect symmetry were truly unsettling, including the titular scene from the trailer’s where Chris is paralyzed in a chair crying. Scenes like this litter the entire film, as the direction lends itself to the eerie feeling of the entire film.
Other than the direction and acting and script, the film is just downright enjoyable. It was scary, humorous, satirical, self-aware and rewarding. Jordan Peele’s vision for this movie was so well realized and original. The film felt so fresh due to its unique perspective on the story, and Peele’s commentary on how subtle racism materializes itself in our modern society was witty and educational. The film does falter in a few scenes. Much like “A Cure for Wellness”, some of the film’s scares felt out of place in the storyline, and the tonal shifts were jarring at times. Right after a scare, something humorous would happen to diffuse the tension. While the scare worked, and the humor was hilarious, they seemed a bit too close together at times. But these instances take up maybe five minutes of the run time, so its not a gaping flaw in the film at all.
I am so glad I went to see this movie, I would recommend this film to any fan of horror, and any fan of good film in general. Seriously, go out and see this film.