Written and directed by Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, Get Out is one of the most extraordinary and surprising debuts of recent years. Shot on a $4.5 million budget and having already taken over $100 million so far, the horror-comedy have proven successful both commercially and critically – rightly so. Thrilling, hilarious and relevant, especially at a time of Trump’s racially paranoid America, Peele’s film is an absolute triumph and future classic of the genre.
Best described as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner meets The Stepford Wives, the tremendously-clever concept introduces us to Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris Washington, an African-American photographer who is taken on a trip to visit his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. Unaware of an impending annual party, the secluded home of the Armitage family is suddenly infested with the white upper class, and Chris begins to think that his ethnicity may prove more of a problem than the usual uncomfortable conversations about race.
Working on multiple levels, Peele’s script combines biting sociopolitical satire with all the scares and tension you would expect from the same studio that brought us the likes of Insidious and The Gift. The two elements sit together perfectly, with Peele striking a crowd-pleasing balance of jumps and laughs (this is the kind of film you’ll want to see with a large audience) with all of its subversive substance.
It’s such a strange little film, one which you never quite know where it’s going to to go and which constantly plays with genre and audience expectation. For anybody who goes in not knowing anything about it at all, which is clearly the best way to see it, the whole thing is sure to prove a bit of a mind-bending trip, constantly shifting from horror to romance to sci-fi in the space of its 100-minute runtime.
Genuinely unique and original, I couldn’t help but become totally absorbed by it. The showing I was in may have been a virtual sellout, but I was so taken with this unusual piece of work that I felt like it was playing just for me at times. Those kind of experiences come around far too little.
In fact, I was so taken aback by the film, that I was actually disappointed when it came to an end; although I must confess that I was incredibly satisfied to see a modern-day horror film that holds it nerve with a definitive, self-contained ending that refrains from setting up any future sequels.
What’s perhaps most exciting of all, however, is Peele himself, who cements himself as one of the most intriguing directors to watch in the coming years.
Get Out is so brilliantly crafted, all the way from its cinematography – the ‘sunken place’ of the film lends itself so some striking imagery – to the solid performances – Daniel Kaluuya makes for a strong leading hero and Catherine Keener is absolutely terrifying – right down to Michael Abel’s haunting score.
Every individual element is handled so well that, together, they make for what is one of the best films of the year so far. Get out and see it as soon as you can.
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