Director’s Debut: Jordan Peele’s Get Out

POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD

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I thought I’d kick off our newest segment on the site, Director’s Debuts, with a new release instead of picking an obvious choice such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” or Christopher Nolan’s “Following”. Get Out is a film that flew under my radar until recently, where it has generated a lot of applauds in the USA and has gained a near perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. So it has become a hard film to ignore.  But enough of me hyping the film, let’s get into the review and see if the film lives up to expectations.

With a plot summary from IMDB Get Out is about “A young African-American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate”. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror, Skins), Allison Williams (Girls), Bradley Whitford (The Cabin in The Woods, The West Wing), Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips, Into The Wild) and it is directed by Jordan Peele.

Okay, so I have to be honest I was blown away by this film. I know it is only March but I think this could possibly be my favourite film of the year. There is so much that I want to talk about in this film but I will only stick to two points, mainly because I don’t want to spoil it too much for you. Furthermore there will probably be a million think pieces on the film so I’ll keep my thoughts short. My first point is that the film is a refreshing horror film and it really is unique. In a time where horror films like to indulge with a lot of gore and violence, however Get Out is different type of horror. Much like how George A Romero did with his zombie flicks, Jordan Peele uses real life social commentary to drive the horror and tension in the film. Using the social commentary of racism in the film, it brings out the real fear in life. It’s a scary thought because racism is something that occurs every day and it’s intriguing how it is weaved into the story. With such examples of Bradley Whitford’s character using terms like “My Man” and “Do your thing”, it makes him very possessive. The use of these terms and awkwardness adds unintentional comedy to the film. The awkwardness makes you laugh but at the same time it makes you feel uncomfortable by the comments presented. The timing and relevance couldn’t have been more perfect in the world with so much controversies and social injustices.

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What I also liked about the film was the sunken zone. The way it is depicted on screen is when the character of Chris (portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya) is put under hypnosis; and loses his motor neuron senses. However he can still see what is going on but can’t stop it. This is a scary thing to happen to anyone. Imagine not having control over your body but you can still see what is going on. That idea is very frightening. This idea plays a key role in the film as this idea could make or break it. If the idea is poorly handled and interpreted in non serious way it could detriment the films quality and lose some of its charm. The design of the sunken zone reminds me a lot of Snatch and how they did the knock out scene.

We have to give the director a lot of props for making this film and for it to be his debut. A lot of times with debuts they feel a tad bit flat and lose their direction. However with Get Out, it never does that, from minute one you’re locked into the film and as soon as they enter the car the tension builds. With a first time filmmaker the confidence oozes from the themes and metaphors that Peele overlays in the film, and that sort of film making is a testament to the writing and craftsmanship of the director. There is so much praise that I can heap of Jordan Peele but I let you as the reader decide after seeing the film. I for one am looking forward to see what he does next.

Overall I’d rate this film as a Must See In The Cinema. This film blew me away and it’s a film that everyone needs to see. I understand that horror isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this film is different and refreshing and has some comedic moments as well. However take a chance on the film and you won’t regret it!

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