“Man, I told you not to go in that house.”
— Rod Williams (portrayed by Milton “Lil Rel” Howery)
Jordan Peele spent three years of his life working on the well-known sketch comedy show “Key & Peele.” When the show came to an end in 2015, Peele decided to move to the big screen. The result is “Get Out,” a horror masterpiece that is every bit as intelligent as it is scary.
“Get Out” is not only Peele’s directorial debut, but it is also the feature-length debut of his screenplay abilities. Peele, however, crafts and directs this film with the type of talent that usually only a veteran could boast. The screenplay is stuffed with humorous dialogue, tense interactions and haunting revelations throughout each act.
Peele surprises viewers with his strong sense of direction in the film. He is well aware of how and when the camera should move to manipulate the emotions of the viewer. The lead role of the film, Daniel Kaluuya, deserves all of the recognition he has received for his portrayal of a black man who becomes the focus of a sinister plot when he goes to meet his white girlfriend’s family.
The film addresses what some deem “liberal racism” and macro-aggressions — for example, the idea that voting for Barack Obama made one person less racist than another.
“Get Out” also does not lose the viewer in navigation of the sensitive topic of race. Instead, it unfolds like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller that coincidentally features a black man confronting the fears and paranoia of interracial dating. As someone of color, I felt myself squirm and wince throughout. Those who like a good scare should see this movie; it will absolutely blow them away.
Rating: 5/5 stars