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Review - Get Out

By midlandsmovies, Apr 26 2017 12:54PM

Get Out (2017) Dir. Jordan Peele

Known for his US comedy partnership work with Keegan-Michael Key which culminated in 2016’s cat-based comedy Keanu, Jordan Peele takes the brave step of tackling a (mostly) serious horror set-up infused with a dollop of satire in Get Out, his first feature film.

Black man Chris Washington (British actor Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) pay a visit to the rural home of her neurosurgeon dad and psychiatrist mum and amongst all the obvious awkwardness, Chris begins to feel that all in not right in the large home. The house and ground keepers (both who are also black) exhibit strange zombie-like behaviour before Chris, who’s trying to give up smoking, agrees to a quick hypno-session with Rose’s mum.

At an annual garden get together, the flashing of Chris’ camera “awakens” another black guest – which is chalked up as a seizure – but confirms to Chris that something is definitely not ok here.

An absolutely assured debut, Peele has an instinctive directorial eye with plenty of gorgeous shots with a point of focus balance that Kubrick would be proud of. Alongside this he creates characters that are likeable with their everyday routines establishing them quickly and then contrasting those with the bonkers and bizarre behaviour at the house.

Similar to Karyn Kusama's The Invitation, the audience’s first question is why have we been brought here and what do these people want. Alongside that, a suitable sense of dread is created, not with any jump cuts (although there are a couple) but with an interesting narrative, story development and unsettling atmosphere.

Who would have thought such basics would really appeal to cinema fans? Eh, Hollywood?

Peele keeps it simple and the film is all the better for it and all the characters are played well be a cast of diverse actors. Special kudos to Kaluuya, who I know only from the British comedy series Psychoville, but he maintains a consistent American accent and helps hold the whole film together, without ever falling into horror-cliché territory.


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