Get Out: A Satirical-Horror At It’s Best
March 15, 2017 • 236 views
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“Satire – the use of humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity and vices particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.” Is exactly what Jordan Peele’s newly released horror film Get Out represents, impeccably.
Peele, who is best known for his work on the hit comedy TV show Key and Peele, has crafted a unique masterpiece that has critics raving.
The film’s underlying and subtle message or “societal critique” on current racial dynamics is what gives it such rarity and originality. Peele’s focus was not only in making an unsettling horror flick, but to emphasize white liberal’s empathetic, yet condescending behavior towards African Americans, “A little too anxious to establish themselves as goodwill.”
The film introduces Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams), an interracial couple who decides to take a “weekend getaway” to a rather very white suburban neighborhood to meet Rose’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Armitage (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener). Their strange demeanor towards Chris is quite unsettling and even “displaced.” Not to mention the oddity of the family’s two African American servants. Chris’ paranoia and off impression of the Armitages continues to rise as the film’s riveting elements start to unfold. Psychologically daunting is what best sums it.
Performances were incredibly powerful, the intensity of Daniel Kaluuya’s emotions and initial fear could be felt throughout the entire theater, his wide-eyed anxious look was unforgettable and will certainly make its mark as an iconic cinema moment. Allison Williams did an outstanding job with a spot on Martha Stewart/New Girl persona, but what was probably the most disturbing and memorable performance throughout the film was the Armitage family in general, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, and Caleb Landry Jones (Rose’s brother), who played the perfect white suburban family with a sinister plan, especially Rose’s brother Jeremy, a whose character has been compared to the disturbing film and novel A Clockwork Orange. Sadistic, menacing, and just downright creepy. Altogether a very talented cast with remarkable performances from beginning to end.
Peel’s overall directorial choices were very effective, and ominous, yet satirically witty. His unique ability to add moments of comic relief while maintaining a sinister plot is exceptionally difficult to balance and execute in today’s cinematography, but Peele’s film steadily builds, making it easy for the audience to say immersed.
Controversy surrounding the film hasn’t tainted it’s success. Comments such as “anti-white” have failed to make any further progress in headlines or reviews. Get Out is meant to be thought-provoking and is a film that anyone can watch and love. The atmosphere throughout the theater was just amazing, the film drew in such a great crowd. It’s the type of film where you can socialize with the people around you, feel the tension together, laugh together, and comment together. People from all over with great diversity coming together to support and watch Jordan Peele’s directorial debut. Get Out was beautifully done and is definitely a must-watch film.