Get Out Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
It has now been a few weeks since the release of the horror film GET OUT. The debut horror flick from Jordan Peele (of sketch comedy show Key & Peele). No one saw this coming! Anyone that saw the trailer for his first feature out of the gate were immediately surprised that he was the mind behind this film! What the film did was create a bubble of satire around a serious topic that most people would probably be uncomfortable to talk about, which is race and racism. But the way the story and film presented itself, it laid before its audiences an open road to spark discussion. It really drew from past films that not only were impactful by its creepiness and horrific factor to the people who saw those films, but also if you were paying attention, contained within its story a vat of topical subtext to provoke thought and maybe even talk about with your friends; films like The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, Night of The Living Dead (which Jordan Peele has stated was a direct inspiration to GET OUT as it presented an African American as the lead protagonist). One other film that I felt was over-looked that I likened this film to was 1967's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner starring the great Sidney Poirter and Katharine Hepburn. Only with this film, it really takes such a scenario to a much darker and cerebral place. I was pleasantly surprised by Jordan Peele's ability create such a balance between satire and horror, especially whilst injecting an important social commentary, which is typically not an easy thing to accomplish, but he manages to pull it off almost expertly! From the time it was released up until now people are STILL coming up to me and wanting to talk about it with me. Which proves that the picture is reaching people on a cultural level. All the elements came together and meshed really well to serve up a horror film that gets inside your head. the jump scares are scarce but when it arrive, they are effective! They are not superfluous tropes that show up in every scene, and that makes me feel like I can breathe again when watching a horror film was made in today's generation.
And that's all due to the writer/director. He recognizes and is influenced by films of the past. The one's that should be acknowledged, but rarely are; and not to mention that the man knows how to tell a story! I loved the way the characters became detailed word pictures that felt as real as one could hope they'd feel, and all thanks to Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror, Sicario) and Allison Williams (Girls, Daughter of NBC News Anchor Brian Williams) who really did such a dedicated job to bringing their characters to life. And I can't leave veteran actors Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keerner who plays Allison's character's parents. They come off semi-normal definitely carry with them an underlining racism that seem to protrude at the most suspicious moments. More Bradley Whitford's character than Catherine Keener's. But they don't portrays themselves angry backwoods racists as most people would picture racists. They play them calm, collect, using their intellect, and minds to burrow their agendas into your mind little by little. And that's more terrifying than an angry mob of white supremacists. The twists and turns that occur through out, more specially in the 2nd half of the film (yes, there are more than 1 or even 2) become more and more bizarre and horrifying as the story goes on. I think we have a new writer/director in Jordan Peele that has come to the town of filmmaking to flex his artist muscle. He said in an interview that's he's done with acting and wants to pursue directing, as he has 4 more social commentary horror films under his belt that he wants to make - Only time will tell if this is true because frankly, I cannot wait to see what he's got!
Writer/Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Stephen Root, LilRel Howery
Running Time: 1 hr 44 mins
How It Can Be Seen: In Theaters