A little over a year later and I’m finally getting to review Get Out. Who would have ever thought this film would be nominated for anything at the Academy Awards let alone Best Picture!? While I can’t be completely sure, my gut tells me the film will take home the coveted award. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out is a horror/thriller film starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener, and Lakeith Stanfield. The story follows Chris Washington, a black man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white girlfriend during a weekend visit to their countryside estate. The main star of this film is Jordan Peele. He does a terrific job during his directorial debut going against type as he is known for his comedic talents. The dialogue in the film is superb and only adds to the astonishment of the film seeing as it’s his first solo written feature. He manages to give the viewer many subtle hints as to what’s going on behind the scenes without giving away the conclusion. There are many double meanings throughout the story, but only after watching it a second time do the nods stick out like a sore thumb. The blending of horror and racial elements is unheard of in film and works out so well. Daniel Kaluuya turns in a strong and brilliant performance as Chris. Chris is hesitant about meeting Rose’s parents due to the nature of their interracial relationship. He’s not sure how they will react to meeting them for the first time. Kaluuya does a great job at capturing the hesitation of anyone in an interracial relationship because you never know how other people will feel about it. Allison Williams is also great as Rose Armitage. Rose is shown as very loving and trusting of Chris and just wants him to be happy and healthy. She tries to ease the tensions between Chris and her family so that he feels more comfortable and relaxed around them. Williams portrays Rose as someone the viewer wants to trust so that Chris is not alone. Though as the film continues, her choices become hard to read as you try to separate her from the actions of her family. Speaking of Rose’s family, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener Milton are sufficiently creepy in their roles as the Armitages. Lastly, Milton “Lil Rel” Howery is hilarious as Chris’ friend, Rod. His role is small but hilarious providing the only comedic parts of the film. I give Get Out an Excellent 10/10. Jordan Peele delivers a wonderful social commentary on racism and race relations in the United States. Let’s just hope I didn’t jinx its chances at winning Best Picture.
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