Get Out is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele and an impressive first film. He’s no stranger to writing, and this film seems to have been inspired by The Stepford Wives. While there are some similarities to the novel, the film definitely has its own take on this story.
Get Out lives up to the hype
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is worried about meeting his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents, something most guys can relate to. However, Chris even more nervous because they’re white and he isn’t sure if they’ll accept him. It’s not long into the film that Rose’s parents, Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford), begin to show their peculiarities. As if their unintended racist mannerisms weren’t unsettling enough, the “help”, the groundskeeper Walter (Marcus Henderson) and maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel), are black with odd mannerisms that Chris can’t help but pick-up on.
Daniel Kaluuya delivers a very compelling performance as Chris. He earns the audience’s empathy quickly and hit all the emotions perfectly. He has a relaxed demeanor about him, but when the tension is getting to him is really shows in subtle ways. The cast delivers pretty expertly, but Catherine Keener’s cold, stoic performance is the most unnerving. The way she looks at Chris would send chills to any boyfriend home to meet the parents. Early in the film, it’s stated that she’s a therapist that practices hypnotism when Dean suggest Missy help tame Chris’s nicotine habit. Chris, understandably, declines, but that option is later forced on him when he sneaks out to smoke later in the evening.
Peele is known for humor
LilRel Howery provides the comedic relief as Chris’s best friend Rod. He is dog sitting for Chris and gets just enough screen time to alleviate some of the tension in the film. He has a very natural presence and feels like a goofy best friend. Yet, Whitford brings his charisma and his constant, “My man” when talking to Chris is also quite comedic.
Peele sets the tone in the opening sequence when a black man (Lakeith Stanfield) is walking down a suburban neighborhood is abducted by a guy in a helmet. The guy was just trying to get wherever he was going when a car pulls up alongside him. The music blaring out of the car is unnervingly innocent yet creepy and establishes what kind of film we’re in for. Peele pokes fun at how white people act when they’re trying to prove they’re not racist. There is a party scene that really allows Chris to demonstrate how all of these people are. For example, an elderly white guy who loves golf really focuses in on how big of a Tiger Woods fan he is.
The movie concludes in a way that was very satisfying, and definitely sets it apart from the Stepford Wives. It’s got some great horror elements and a mystery that is slightly predictable if you watched the trailers, but manages to still keep some secrets until the reveal. Definitely a really great first film for Peele and sets the bar pretty high for his next feature. Get Out earns the Must See.