Packed with both horror and satire, Get Out displays a very engaging and original story.
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Comedy
It is quite difficult to blend the distant genres of horror and comedy in a movie. However, Get Out succeeds in doing this. There are thrilling moments throughout the film and at the same time, Get Out satirizes the very pressing social issue of racism. The movie has clearly been inspired by some horror classics in terms of its style but it still manages to maintain its distinctive tone.
Get Out starts off with a somewhat terrifying scene of a black man being attacked by a masked person. This gives us some indication as to what might come later. The upbeat music accompanying this scene gives it a comedic feel. We are then introduced to Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya), a black photographer, and his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage (played by Allison Williams). The couple are on their way to Rose’s parent’s home. Chris is skeptical as her parents might be surprised as Rose hasn’t told them that he’s black. Rose, on the other hand, insists that there is nothing to worry about.
Rose and Chris eventually reach their destination where they are welcomed by Rose’s parents, Dean (played by Bradley Whitford) and Missy Armitage (played by Catherine Keener). Everything is okay at the start but Chris gradually gets a feeling that something is wrong, especially after witnessing the ‘odd’ behavior of the house workers (who are black). The film does really well in portraying this atmosphere of uneasiness and in turn, makes us sympathize with the feelings of Chris. Credit for this also goes to Daniel Kaluuya’s solid performance as the vulnerable and confused Chris.
The awkward situations and the potential mysteries surrounding them is what keep Get Out engaging throughout. Moreover, the movie is an interesting and non-conventional way to satirize racism in modern America. And that is ultimately its strongest point. Get Out tries to portray this topic (which has been shown in countless movies) through a new angle.
The big reveal eventually made in the movie is somewhat shocking and does justice to all the tense build up preceding it. There is a fair amount of action and violence at the climax which fuels the film with energy. Although, I did feel that there were some flaws towards the ending. As bizarre as the story might have been, it was a little pretentious. Some things could have been explained better at the end.
Nevertheless, Get Out is a creepy tale that packs a punch! It had mystery, thrill, comedy and horror and hence was able to invoke a wide range of emotions. Moreover, it is a breath of fresh air to both the horror and comedy genre. Overall, Get Out is a very confident and impressive directorial debut from Jordan Peele.
FINAL RATING: 4/5