Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery, Catherine Keener.
Jordan Peele will most likely be familiar to you as one half of US comedy duo Key & Peele, he is also apparently now a ridiculously talented writer & director as evidenced by his debut feature Get Out.
A young man and his girlfriend, have reached a point in their relationship where he is invited to meet her parents. Awkwardness surrounding their interracial relationship soon gives way to paranoia as a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Get Out is a remarkably assured directorial debut. It is smart, funny, cuttingly incisive and also ticks the boxes of being a damn fine horror film to boot. The social commentary on overcompensating, middle-class white liberal attitudes to acceptance of race being more damaging than good, starts as cringing viewing subsiding into something far more sinister as the film progresses and Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris starts to become very aware that something is very wrong in the Armitage household.
Daniel Kaluuya is excellent as photographer Chris, deftly conveying the awkwardness of that initial meet-the-parents scenario compounded even more by the overly right-on liberal parents of his girlfriend played by the equally awesome Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener, He handles the part with a steady hand. Kaluuya has impressed me with his performances dating back to his acting and writing work on UK teen drama Skins and his brilliant turn in Charlie Brooker anthology show Black Mirror, to see him getting and slaying bigger roles in Hollywood is very heartening. Some great comic relief is supplied by Lil Rel Howery’s Rod, the voice of reason throughout the film, raising every persons ingrained concern for our leads predicament with some genuine belly laughs on one or two occasions, it brings some welcome comic levity to the proceedings and is delivered brilliantly.
There are few horror films released these days that take so much care in how they are presented, a message they wish to convey but also succeed in their prime goal of being a genuinely great scary flick. Get Out succeeds on all counts in giving us one of the best horror films to come out of the US in recent years. I can’t give enough praise, check this film out ASAP.