Get Out is definitely going down as one of my favorite horror movies ever. I usually prefer the supernatural, demon and possession type horror films to the creepy people and gore type but Get Out finds somewhat of a balance. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jordan Peele but he did a fantastic job at creating something fresh and bold for the horror genre and bringing a new way of discussing racial issues.
What the film does well is put the main character Chris, a young black guy, in socially awkward situations with his white girlfriend’s family. Some situations and comments viewers may find all too familiar. It is awkward and uncomfortable because of the familiarity. Without giving too much away the entire film you are rooting for Chris to get out of this insane, weird and creepy situation but you also want to know more about what is going on under the surface of this family. The film moves pretty fast and gets right into it, not wasting time with the lightheartedness as we wait for the inevitable spookiness. Chris is isolated and outside of his comfort zone on this estate on which his girlfriend’s family lives. Things seem to be actually alright until more family arrives and the purpose and intention of their visit becomes clear. The film is also very funny. As dark as it gets at moments you can’t help but laugh at the insanity of the situation but also at some characters as well.
One of the main things that this film is being praised for is the social commentary, which is nothing new in horror film. Dawn of the Dead (1978 & 2004) being satire of the materialistic and consumer culture, Night of the Living Dead (1968) that has a black hero fighting waves of mostly Caucasian zombies and he is then shot dead when he is thought to be a zombie himself and even The Purge (2013) showing that society favors the rich over the poor. Get Out seems to be released at the perfect time with the current racial-social climate in North America. In an interview with Nerdist Peele is well aware of horror films and their social commentary as he cites Rosemary’s Baby (1968), that has much to do with gender and the oppression of women and their bodies, as one of his prime influences for Get Out.
Overall, Get Out is one of the more memorable horror films in the past couple years. It is bold and creative and will keep you talking after the credits roll and on the way home. There is so much to this movie that you can look into and most of it is done on purpose by the creative mind of Jordan Peele.