A young black man is invited to meet his white girlfriend's parents,
only to be trapped in a twisted social experiment he can't escape.
Get Out (2017)
Written and Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, LilRel Howery, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root
Oscar Wins - Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya),
Being a fan of Key & Peele, I never would've thought that such an intense, unsettling horror film could've emerged from the mind of Jordan Peele. He has clearly demonstrated his versatility as a filmmaker with his directorial debut Get Out, which I think is one of the most socially important horror films in a long time. I don't want to spoil the all-important endgame in the movie, but I will say that it is positively sickening and really paints rich white people as absolute monsters. This film uses racially-pointed conversation as a gateway to horror, in the same way that Jaws used dorsal fins and the beach. There will always be racism in the world, and some of it is far more horrifying than the rest.
The performances in Get Out make the movie what it is, especially Daniel Kaluuya as unfortunate houseguest Chris Washington. He did a great job relaying the suspenseful buildup. From the get-go, we know something is horribly wrong at the Armitage Estate. We just don't know what it is until it's too late. Of course, being that the film is the brainchild of Jordan Peele, there's always going to be a bit of comedy in there. The comic relief is dedicated TSA agent Rod Williams, played by comedian LilRel Howery. His determination to save his friend was a constant comedic comfort in an otherwise bleak, racially-charged horror flick.
I don't think I've ever seen a film like Get Out before. It uses very real social problems and adds an air of psychological torture through the use of hypnosis. The potent product is a horror film that managed to score an unheard of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and will no doubt go on to be a classic in the genre. I can't wait to see what Peele's next project is. If he can subvert horror tropes like this and create such an interesting and memorable horror film, who knows what else he can do in so many different genres?