Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, LilRel Howery
Film Review by Jay Hussain
Get Out is a psychological horror thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele, which stars Daniel Kaluuya who is an African-American man having an interracial relationship with Caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams). When Rose asks Chris to go away for the weekend and meet her parents upstate, the family welcome him with open arms, however shortly after things start to get a bit mysterious and sinister.
What a refreshing and original film, directed by first time director and known for his comedic roles, Jordan Peele has certainly gotten himself to a great start. Firstly, the casting and performances from everyone is brilliant, Kaluuya does an incredible job playing the lead role and you’re connected to his character immediately from the minute that you see him. As well as Allison Williams who plays his girlfriend, she delivers a solid performance and I believed the chemistry she had with Kaluuya. There are also other great performances throughout the film, however the most memorable and enjoyable performance was from LilRel Howery who plays Chris’s best friend and he had some of the best funniest lines and I enjoyed his humour.
Secondly, Get Out deals with a lot of passive racism in a subtle but interesting way, and to some who may unfortunately have dealt with racism in their life may understand those moments quicker than others. There are a lot of moments in the film where you’ll see from Chris’s perspective, how he would find himself in awkward and uncomfortable situations, and how he deals with those issues.
Jordan Peele is a huge fan of the horror genre and combining his comedic skills, this is one of the best directed horror films I’ve seen for a while. The directing and screenplay is excellent, the cinematography is great, I loved the dark and creepy tone throughout and the dark humour was used perfectly. If you enjoyed recent horror movies such as Don’t Breathe, Split, Lights Out, The Conjuring 2, It Follows or Green Room then this is certainly worth the watch as there are some Shyamalan like resemblances and twists.
The only minor flaws I have with Get Out is that it was a bit predictable by half way and it does slow down a little, but it delivers in the end. Overall, I loved the concept, the performances are fantastic, there’s great humour, it’s directed brilliantly, there’s no cheap cliché jump scares and the best way to put this film is it’s “Meet The Parents” but in “The Twilight Zone”.