It didn’t take long for Jordan Peele, one of the creators of the hilarious comedy show Key and Peele, to strike it big on the big screen. In his directorial debut, Peele crafted a masterpiece. Get Out, a horror-comedy that hit theaters last February, was a smash hit both in the box office and at the awards shows and earned an Oscar earlier this month for Best Original Screenplay. In the wake of Get Out’s win, I rented it on DVD and was treated to one of the best movies of this decade.
Get Out follows Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya), a black photographer, as he travels with his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) to meet her parents. But from the moment he arrives, he can tell that something is off. What starts off as uneasy tension between Chris and Rose’s parents spirals into something much more sinister and horrifying.
Get Out is the first horror movie I’ve seen and it set the bar pretty high. Unlike other clichés of the genre, Get Out is less about blood and screaming and supernatural monsters and more focused on crafting an engrossing, fast-paced thriller that is most horrific in its clever and satirical explorations of social issues.The narrative starts out as a normal and relatable situation, but gets crazier and raises the intensity every scene until it is something utterly terrifying. Kaluuya delivered one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from an actor, capturing the total transformation of Washington, and the acting across the board gave emotional depth and credibility to an otherwise implausible plot.
What made Get Out a truly great movie was its attention to detail. Peele certainly earned his Oscar- he brilliantly developed the story by planting small bits and pieces which made the revelations and conclusion epic. Three days after watching the movie, I’m still reliving the scenes and connecting the dots. In a genre not known for clever plots, Get Out defied the norm and maximized what a horror movie could provide.
Get Out isn’t scary for what we see or hear; it is haunting for how it makes us think. By tackling social issues, it gave us an awesomely original story and brought out the best in the horror genre.
Riker Scale: 92 out of 100