Director Jordan Peele adds a satirical twist to the chilling film, Get Out
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You may be familiar with the name Jordan Peele because of his TV show Key & Peele, the very popular sketch-comedy that has received billions of views on Youtube. Now, the 38 year-old comedy writer has written a movie that not many would have expected to come from the mind of one of Comedy Central’s most popular series. The box office hit Get Out is a thrilling, scary and funny film that is sure to entertain viewers.
Get Out begins with a character named Andre Hayworth, played by actor Lakeith Stanfield, walking around an unfamiliar neighborhood lost when he notices a car following him. He changes directions to avoid the suspicious car, but is suddenly attacked and thrown in the trunk of the car, unconscious. Instantly, the viewer becomes perched on the edge of his/her seat balancing on the growing suspense of the film.
The movie then cuts to characters Chris Washington and his girlfriend Rose Armitage, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams, packing suitcases for a weekend out of town at Rose’s parent’s house. Chris is concerned whether Rose has informed her parents that she is dating a black man. Rose calms him down, claiming that her parents are very liberal and that her dad “would have voted Obama for a third term.”
While Rose drives to her family’s house with Chris, she hits a deer, leading to a cop pulling them over. The investigating police officer asks Chris for his identification, even though he was not the driver of the striking car. Rose protects her boyfriend, by yelling at the officer claiming that he is a racist harassing Chris. The couple continue on to arrive at the secluded Armitage estate. Rose’s father Dean, played by Bradley Whitford, gives Chris a tour of the family home, where Chris and the audience are first introduced to Georgina, played by Betty Gabriel, the maid in the kitchen. He also meets Walter, played by Marcus Henderson, another one of the Armitage’s servants. Chris and the audience are already freaked out by the weirdness of these servants and are completely drawn into the story.
Before I discuss the incredible writing in this movie, I must compliment the casting for this film, which was amazing. Although they were relatively unknown actors, Kaluuya and Williams were the best choices for their respective roles. Kaluuya’s ability to cry and appear in complete fear when Rose’s mother, played by Catherine Keener, discusses the death of his mother with him because she is a psychiatrist is just amazing. You can feel the emotion throughout the movie when Kaluuya is in a scene. Williams’ ability to show her compassion towards Chris is incredible, and you honestly feel as though she cares for him, such as when Chris discusses his guilt for his mother’s death.
The music in the film was scored by Michael Abels and was just amazing. The music was able to add suspense and fear into the bones of the viewer. Toby Oliver’s cinematography was also fantastic. His work in scenes like when Chris is hypnotised into a trance is incredible.
Although many things were great in this film, the shining star was the writer and first-time director, Peele. Every sentence he wrote seemed to have another meaning. He described the movie as something you must see more than once to understand it. From the symbolism to the hidden meanings, Peele knocked the ball out of the park in his first movie.
Get Out has grossed over $100 million, even with its $4.5 million budget. The mixture of suspense, comedy, great writing and excellent acting combine to make what will be the top thriller of the year.