Thursday, 23 March 2017

Get Out (2017)

Get Out
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Director: Jordan Peele
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, Catherine Keener

Having made a name for himself on sketch show Key & Peele, writer & director Jordan Peele brings much of what made the series a success. Blending relevant satire with a good amount of humour, throwing in tension and effective bouts of humour, resulting in a strong picture

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is nervous about meeting the family of his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), for the first time. He's especially worried, considering he's black and his girlfriend is white. Rose keeps telling him it won't be a problem, as her family are very liberal, but upon reaching the estate, Chris feels something is off with the setting.

Image result for get out 2017 youtubeAs photographer Chris, Daniel Kaluuya brings forth a lot to his performance. He wonderfully conveys the unease he holds, be it meeting his girlfriends family, enduring race related questions from their friends, or dealing with the unexpected madness which unfolds. It's a strong performance to lead the film, as Kaluuya does exceptionally in handling where the story takes his character.

Portraying more than just the typical sidelined girlfriend role, Allison Williams does fantastic work.
Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener do fantastic work in their roles, switching from welcoming to unnerving with ease. Lil Rey Howery provides the films humour as Ron, a TSA Officer whose loyalty to best friend Chris keeps him relevant to the plot.

It's abundantly clear that Peele holds a strong handle on the genre. From little aspects, such as the unsettling manner some characters speak, to the most menacing bingo game one will see, it's fascinating work, especially for a debut. All throughout, there's an evident sense of foreboding, as well as a simmering tension, both of which effectively builds, until the third act comes around, and it all bursts forth.

From the evidence of his first feature film, it's clear that a strong career is ahead for Jordan Peele. Get Out is a sharp satire that carries much relevance, while holding its own as an effective piece of horror.

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