Sometimes it takes an outsider to flip the normal expectations for a genre on its head to deliver something fresh and different. Jordan Peele who makes up one half of the successful comedic duo of Key and Peele steps out of his comedy comfort zone to direct the new horror film Get Out. The film doesn’t rely on blood, guts and gore to garner chills, but rather messes with your mind as to what is going on with the players involved in the story. Peele also delivers some strong messages on race and social status while also scaring the audience by putting them in the shoes of our characters who are involved in this unique horror thriller.
It’s hard to describe Get Out without spoiling too much of the fun, so certain plot points will be kept vague in this review to avoid ruining the experience for others. The film starts out similar to the classic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, an African-American photographer from New York City who travels with his Caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) for the first time who live in a remote, but wealthy area of upstate New York. There are some scenes of awkwardness with Rose’s affluent parents trying to show they are hip and not your typical uptight white people. The parents seem nice at first, but we soon realize things are not what they seem especially when it comes to the African-American residents of the town who seem to be out to lunch mentally and almost slaves to the white families they are associated with.
As you can imagine, things take a turn for the worse in Get Out as Chris falls victim to the secret the town is keeping. Jordan Peele has a scary good time putting Chris in peril and addressing some race and social issues. The creepy residents of the town seemed to be obsessed with anything black concerning style, strength and genetics. The movie is a little bit of a slow burn as Chris interacts with the rich folk who seem borderline racist with some of their small talk. As an audience member you are left confused as to what is the purpose of all these weird comments, but that’s part of the fun wondering what the heck is up with these blunt talking white people. Catherine Keener especially shines as the controlling psychiatrist mother who is pulling the strings of madness in Get Out.
Jordan Peele is no stranger to taking risks in his previous comedic work and he applies that same mentality to the horror genre giving the audience thought-provoking subject matter that will give you the chills while entertaining the Hell out of you during this unusual culture clash captured on film. Once the mysterious secrets are revealed, the second half of Get Out is just plain nuts. You will remain on the edge of your seat and even clap a few times when certain people get what is coming to them. Jordan Peele also addresses some important social messages like how society loses their mind if a white chick goes missing, but a slew of black guys disappear without a trace and no one seems to care. Get Out is a smart, fun and frightening satire which is a tough task to pull off without getting too campy.
Overall, I give Get Out 3.5 out of 4 stars.
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