Monday, February 27, 2017

Get Out

Movie Name: Get Out
Year of Release: 2017
Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, LilRel Howery
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
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After a successful and celebrated career as an actor and comedian, Jordan Peele has ventured into feature film directing, with a particularly interesting debut, in an unexpected genre. "Get Out" focuses on the story of a young mixed racial couple, comprised of Chris and Rose. Rose decides to introduce Chris to her family, and they go for a weekend at their place, somewhere in the South. Upon arrival, Chris notices that the family has a few live in employees, all of them black, and all of them behaving somewhat erratically. As the weekend goes on, Chris gets to interact more closely with the members of the family, including Rose's brother Jeremy, and Rose's mother Missy, a celebrated psychiatrist, who specializes in hypnotherapy. Chris who's in the throes of quitting smoking, is cornered by Missy one evening, and is suddenly hypnotized, and thrown into a trance. Things escalate and get progressively weirder when a bizarre party happens at the house.
Jordan Peele creates with "Get Out" a film that is populated with a tension that is progressively built. The apparent calmness that surrounds Rose's family, and their particular affluence, hides something darker, that is slowly unveiled and ultimately revealed as monstrous. It's a film that makes its scares based on a smart plot, and a feeling of unease that is progressively created, with little utilization of gore or brutal violence. The film lacks in terms of character development for the supporting characters (or even for Rose herself), but the premise manages to keep the viewers engaged and attentive. The performances from Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Stephen Root are engaging and nuanced, making the film highly enjoyable and watchable.
An interesting debut from an unexpected voice.