The most important, and best, modern Horror film you’ll see.
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, goes on a trip to visit his white girlfriend’s, Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams), parents’ estate. After spending some strange quality time with the family members’ and guests, Chris begins to suspect something is wrong, as all is not as it appears.
Jordan Peele’s directing debut has been a massive success from both critics and movie goers alike. Get Out is insightful, suspenseful, tense, funny and genuinely scary. Peele’s created a constant state of uneasiness as we never know who to trust, what’s exactly going on and whether or not Chris can indeed “Get Out”.
The plot itself does go to some bizarre places, which does require some suspension of disbelief. However, Peele carefully places and builds towards these bizarre circumstances in such a strong contextual way that it doesn’t matter. The narrative is strong, and nothing is revealed too soon, although the end does feel a little bit rushed, but then again there would be no need to drag it out.
Peele highlights the significant differences in the experiences of a white person and a black person and forces the audience to analyse themselves. How is it equality if our experiences are so different to yours? Which, although most will argue they believe in equality, they still behave differently toward or are treated differently to black people.
However, Peele’s message and themes never feel like a lecture, but rather a meaning to be analysed and thought about once the credits roll. The film accomplishes it’s primary objectives first and foremost, as a horror film with splashes of comedy (mainly to relieve and allow for the creation of more tension). It’s a genuinely very entertaining film, with these messages being neatly inter-woven without feeling pretentious or self-righteous.
Furthermore, the film doesn’t rely heavily on gimmicks and jump scares like so many “scary” modern horror films do. A jump scare doesn’t require much work compared to the beautifully crafted tension and real sense of unease Peele has created. His use of sound and lighting are masterful in adding to this suspense and craft the tense environments of the film.
Daniel Kaluuya’s performance is very strong, as are all the cast really. Chris is inquisitive and genuinely seems scared about his surroundings. Above all, the character isn’t stupid. Unlike a lot of horror films, the majority of Chris’ decisions don’t come across as stupid ones where he will obviously come into danger. Only once does his decision making become frustrating, but it does feel genuine to his character.
Another character I wish to highlight is Rod Williams (LilRel Howery). Howery consistently provides the laughs that this sort of film needs. He brings the comic relief from the tense, uneasiness the film places you in for the majority of it’s run time, which allows for a release of tension allowing it to be built again. He acts as the audience in the film, providing his logical outside view, which is where a lot of his comedy comes from.
Peele is in a rare breed of director who has managed to mould together a fun, entertaining film with these bigger, thought provoking ideas so splendidly. He’s created a genuinely good horror film, and a strong thought provoking analysis of race and equality. Both are immense compliments to his craft.