I wasn’t a devoted viewer of the hit comedy series Key and Peele, but I have enjoyed the few skits I did see and was aware of the show’s acclaim, citing its biting satire and relevant social commentary.
So when I heard that Jordan Peele, a noted comedian, wanted to direct a horror film, my interest was piqued. I love it when comedians take up something that is outside their spectrum; Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine, Robin Williams in every dramatic role he takes on, and Louis CK’s own show when it gets pretty deep. With Peele’s debut film Get Out, I gladly have another entry to add to that list.
The film follows Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya) driving down countryside with girlfriend Rose (played by Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener). Chris and Rose are an interracial couple and he voices his concern that Rose’s parents are unaware that she is dating a black man. Though Rose assures him that there’s nothing to worry about, Chris’ suspicions start to grow true as her parents and the housekeepers (all of them black FYI) act strangely around him.
From the first scene of Chris and Rose together, you know that the topic of race is taking center stage. But part of the brilliance of the film is the way Peele uses it as the source of most of the suspense, tension and some comedic moments sprinkled in the relieve said tension. You can almost see it start off as a skit for his show, but then it grew into something new.
Daniel Kaluuya has been a favorite up and coming actor of mine since seeing in the Black Mirror episode “500 Million Merits” and Sicario. He is likable, funny and shows immense star potential in this film, only complimented by his co-stars who are all up in their A-game. I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.
Speaking of funny, a shout out to Lil Rel Howery for his role as Chris’ best friend Rod for providing some of the best comic relief I’ve seen in a while. Every scene he’s in has gotten the audience dying of laughter.
Get Out is an effective Social Horror film that is a breath of fresh air for the genre and inspires lot of interesting ideas. Jordan Peele has proven that he’s got as much talent behind the camera as he does in front of it and I can’t wait to see what other concepts he’s got in store. The cast nails their roles just right and the film gives out some interesting messages about the nature of race, relationships and identity. That twist at the end by the way is as bonkers, messed up and creepy as you can expect from the mind of Jordan Peele.
Side Note: To anybody who might find this film offensive or racist in any way or for any reason, I just got two words for you: Get Out