GET OUT Review

Posted on Feb 23 2017 - 7:25pm by George Wolf

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Director: Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Keith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones

Rating: R

Running time: 103 minutes

You want to know the fears and anxieties at work in any modern population? Just look at their horror films.

You probably knew that. The stumper then, is what took so long for a film to manifest the fears of racial inequality as smartly as does Jordan Peele’s GET OUT.

Last year’s KEANU proved Key & Peele could smoothly transition from sketch comedy to an extended (and often hilarious) narrative. Now Peele has his solo album, writing and directing a mash of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, ROSEMARY’S BABY and a few other staples that should go unnamed to preserve the fun. Opening with a brilliant prologue that wraps a nice vibe of homage around the cold realities of “walking while black,” Peele uses tension, humor and a few solid frights to call out blatant prejudice, casual racism and cultural appropriation.

When white Rose (Alison Williams) takes her black boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet the fam, she assures him race will not be a problem. How can she be sure? Because her Dad (Bradley Whitford) would have voted for Obama’s third term “if he could.” It’s the first of many B.S. alerts for Peele, and they only get more satisfying.

Rose’s family is overly polite at first, but then mom Missy (Catherine Keener) starts acting evasive and brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) gets a bit threatening, while the gardener and the maid (both black – whaaat?) appear straight outta Stepford.

Peele is clearly a horror fan, and he gives knowing winks to many genre cliches (the jump scare, the dream) while anchoring his entire film in the upending of the “final girl.” This isn’t a young white coed trying to solve a mystery and save herself, it’s a young man of color, challenging the audience to enjoy the ride but understand why switching these roles in a horror film is a social critique in itself.

GET OUT is an audacious first feature for Jordan Peele, a film that never stops entertaining as it consistently pays off the bets it is unafraid to make.

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GET OUT is released in US cinemas this Friday, 24th February, and arrives in the UK on March 17th.

About the Author

George is a radio DJ and voiceover specialist who has been reviewing films in print and online for almost ten years. He operates the website MaddWolf.com with his wife Hope Madden (the better-looking half pictured above) and together they host various film events in Columbus, Ohio, including a monthly horror film series called Fright Club. George is a blessed cancer survivor who is a big fan of sports, music, his Harley, staying fit and oh yeah…MOVIES!

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