When most people think of Jordan Peele, they think solely about his MADtv days, Key & Peele show or his recent comedic film Keanu, which he starred in alongside his longtime comedic partner Kegan-Michael Key. So when the first trailer for Get Out hit, most people were both confused & surprised that Peele would tackle a horror/thriller.
Get Out follows College student Rose (Allison Williams) who is in love with Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), and at the point in their relationship when they should meet each other’s parents. Chris is apprehensive, as Rose, who is white, has apparently not told her parents Missy and Dean (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) that Chris is black. After meeting the eerie yet welcoming parents, Chris is confronted by mysterious happenings which seem to be grounded in Rose’s family.
The film definitely dodges the familiar horror & thriller movie tropes & puts us face-to-face with situations that most African Americans joke & converse about: interracial dating, meeting parents for the first time & possibly being kidnapped or mentally tortured by the parents of your partner, during your first gathering. You see, what Peele did was challenge moviegoers with relatable topics & then sends them down the rabbit hole into the confines of a refreshing yet terrifying tale, with some hilarious scenes.
The eerieness of the film is grounded around Roses’s family who are played by Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford & Caleb Landry Jones. The family is a bit standoffish yet all of their energy is centered on Kaluuya’s character, which adds to the no escape, no hope feeling you’ll get while watching this film. The environment also contributes to the eerieness, especially when it’s revealed that they’re miles away from other people in the area.
As far as the acting goes, everyone was solid, but it was Kaluuya & Milton “Lil Rel” Howery that really stood out. Kaluuya told a story solely through his eyes, which is something most actors have thrown away for cheesy lines & shirtless scenes. You could always see the conflict or terror in his eyes in every scene he was in. Even when he was playing it cool, it was clear to viewers that his character retained some inner turmoil, especially when things started to pick up.
Get Out is a full serving of deliciousness on an empty stomach & will definitely have horror movie fans raising their hands for another serving. It’s well-paced, well-acted & will easily send chills down the spine of any horror film veteran. Get Out is coming to theaters this Friday & stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery & Keith Stanfield.