If you’ve been thinking about watching Jordan Peele’s new thriller Get Out, I highly suggest you do yourself a favour and get to a theatre as soon as possible.
Peele, best known for his comedy work on sketch shows Key and Peele and MadTV, made his directorial debut with the horror-comedy film that has been smashing box offices and has racked up a 99 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Peele’s vision for Get Out started back in 2008 after Barack Obama’s Presidential victory and the promise of a more inclusive future. Since then he worked on the script and story and finally released the film on February 24.
The movie centres around Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his girlfriend of four months, Rose, played by Allison Williams, who embark on a trip to visit her parents in a small town outside of New York. Because he is a black man, Chris is initially worried about the trip even though Rose insists it won’t be an issue to her family, insisting that they “aren’t racist”.
The movie brings on the tensions between black and white and explored the idea of being black in America, especially relevant now, under the current Presidential leadership of Donald Trump. Even though so many people claim that they’re “colour blind,” racism still runs rampant, deep down, and the bias is extremely relevant.
Staying true to Peele’s origins, Get Out keeps up with the comedy with its secondary characters and Chris’ witty reactions to Rose’s family and their friends in response to his race, while including the core intensity and tone that is key to any great horror film. It definitely strives to, and succeeds at, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
The film allows people — in particular white people — to see racism from another perspective and just how, for lack of a better word, stupid they can come across when trying to present their non-bias against people of colour by being overly nice and trying to compensate for past mistakes.
Overall, Get Out is an incredible social commentary and Peele did a terrific job portraying his vision to his audience. I’ve never been one to clap when watching a movie at a theatre, but I couldn’t help joining the rest of the audience when watching this film.