Plot – A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point – Get Out.
Director – Jordan Peele
Released – 2017
Get Out was easily one of the most surprising movies of 2017, seemingly coming out of nowhere with an interesting mixture of horror, mystery and social commentary written and directed beautifully by Jordan Peele.
For a relative newcomer, the delicate way in-which he skilfully mixed these elements without the use of clichés, opting instead to tell an interesting story that just happens to be scary in places, slowly revealing things and increasing the suspense/tension as the film progresses.
Peele deserves immense credit for this ingenious and original plot. Delicately weaving a story that has the audience and main character Chris (Kaluuya) believing one thing for the majority of the film, only for the rug to be pulled out from both of us and a more sinister truth revealed.
It’s hard not to love Kaluuya’s acting in this movie, it’s raw and powerful, aided by writing that expertly subverting your expectations not only with the elements intended to scare but also with the social commentary, especially the focus on race relations, which proves to be a poignant reminder that sometimes it’s not the obvious racism but the more subtle racism that’s the more insidious of the two, even if it comes from a place of liberalism.
It’s remarkable given that this is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, but almost everything about Get Out – the writing, the acting, the pacing – is so perfect and proves there are still original ideas out there for filmmakers to produce.
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