A horror movie directed by Jordan Peele about the twisted side of racism should play as a ‘Key and Peele’ sketch made for Youtube. But nope! This was actually released in theaters almost a year after ‘Keanu’ (a ‘Key and Peele’ movie) was released. Whereas, Peele went in front of the camera to give the performance of his life with his comic partner Keegan-Michael Key in ‘Keanu’, here in ‘Get Out’, there is no trace of Peele to be seen. Instead, he is working behind the camera (and writing) to bring us a twist on the usual horror comedy trope and anxiety about meeting your girlfriend’s parents. Alfred Hitchcock may be the master of suspense, but with Jordan Peele’s masterful work behind the camera, he might just bring a new kind of horror to modern audiences.
‘Get Out’ stars Daniel Kaluuya as a photographer named Chris. Chris is dating a white woman named Rose (Allison Williams), who offers to take him to meet her extremely white and rich parents (Played with creepy suspense by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) in their house. On the road, Chris and Rose encounter problems after a deer jumps out in front of her car. From then on, we get a potentially great movie that is extremely relevant as most films have seemed to be in recent years.
Peele seems to understand that Hollywood has been reacting to the media’s reflection on society and the way the world works. There are some funny quips here and there involving Chris’ encounter with Rose’s families guests during a dinner party, and some laughable cheesy horror movie moments that inspired an infamous challenge for the internet. ‘Get Out’, during the moment where Chris ends up meeting the parents, feels like an anti-smoking film. Catherine Keener’s character is claimed to be a psychotherapist who specializes in hypnotizing people in order to quit smoking. This leads to a very creepy and emotionally overpowering scene where Chris gets hypnotized.
The way ‘Get Out’ is filmed is nothing short of the Hitchcock touch, and Peele is truly a master behind the camera. At times, ‘Get Out’ is a slow film that doesn’t try hard enough to bring its racial commentary to light. It is a beautiful film that can be creepy, extremely funny (Every scene including Lil Rey Howery as Chris’ best friend who is an agent of the TSA), and intense. Long live Jordan Peele!