The sixties and early seventies, was a dark time in this nation with the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam war and political assassinations. During that time a lot films that were coming out had allegories, that dealt with these topics. Today, every once in a while, you will get a film that has an allegory dealing with today’s issues. That brings me to Get Out the directorial debut of Jordan Peele. Peele is well known for his sketch comedy series Key & Peele and last years Keanu.
Get Out is the a story about Chris and his girlfriend. They have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate. At beginning, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
The script plays homage to Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter and the film Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. While Being funny, thrilling and never boring. But yet with all that, the film in its heart is an allegory about racism and stereotypes that are going on today. Peele does a wonderful job of mixing everything together, adding his brand of humor and while having a metaphor about racism in America.
Peele not only composed a great script. He found a great cast to make it work. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris the unlucky young man that gets put into this crazy situation. Kaluuya is awesome in this character. There are a few scenes that he really flexes his dramatic muscles. One thing to add he does great expression with his eyes. It adds to his acting presence. Allison Williams does a fine job as the girlfriend. The chemistry between Kaluuya and Williams plays off well on screen. The supporting cast does a good job from Bradley Whitford to Keith Stanfeild. But it’s Lil Rel Howery that stands out from the supporting cast. He adds much needed comic relief that works comfortably with the film’s dark theme.
A great and smart script with strong acting. Make Get Out a must view.
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