Usually anything from the writer/director/actor Jordan Peele is sure to make you crack up in hysterics, but his latest film (and directorial debut) Get Out (2017) is anything but a joke. Whilst it does occasionally sparkle with humour, Get Out is not a comedy, something that is quite easy to realise even from watching the trailers.
Jordan Peele’s social commentary on racism in the modern day world can be a jarring yet surprising experience, something that will twist and turn as the story continues. Get Out is a fasntastic piece of modern-day horror but also takes the chance to subvert your expectations, leading to a conclusion that you may not expect at all. Granted, there is the occasional comic relief from lead character Chris Washington’s (Daniel Kaluuya) best friend Rod Williams (LilRel Howery), and instead of it not landing, it makes the tension bearable.
The basis of the story is that Chris is being taken to visit his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents at their definitely-not-creepy country house in ‘Murica. Chris is worried about meeting his white girlfriend’s parents as he is the first black boyfriend she has had, she tries to allay these fears by telling him that her dad would’ve voted for Obama a third time if he could (something her father feels the need to shoehorn into conversation early into the film). This is when things start to get a little bit weird.
The family have two workers at their home, Betty and Marcus, both of whom are black. This strikes Chris as odd, especially with their behaviour which is anything but normal. I shall not continue further with the plot, but all I can say is that the audience expects the film to be an out-right racism-driven horror film, whilst it is that to some extent, it really isn’t that straight forward.
The way Peele has managed to create such a tense and interesting story, whilst also furthering the African-American experience when dealing with white people, is nothing short of brilliant. It had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish, building to a truly terrifying final act which will leave the audiences questioning their opinion of the entirety of the build up. Clever, scary, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, Get Out is a triumph of horror film making.