“Get Out” Is The Eye-Opening Social Commentary I’ve Been Waiting For. Jordan Peele so impressed me with his directorial debut filled with refreshing social commentary, that he made director Ridley Scott‘s explanation of why he doesn’t cast blacks in Leading roles: “Because he would lose money” as the racist propaganda it always was.
Jordan Peele, is best known for his work alongside Keegan Michael Key on their sketch comedy show “Key and Peele” and for his run on MadTV.;
Now Peele has successfully thrown his hat into a new ring: the feature film.
The movie “Get Out” is not Peele’s first experience with cinema, as he and his television co-star wrote and starred in “Keanu,” the 2016 comedy about two friends posing as drug dealers to get back a stolen cat. The movie was fairly successful, and it garnered a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That Kitten was soo damn cute.
But his movie “Get Out,” is an undeniable success.
“Get Out,” written and directed by Peele, follows Chris, a young black man who meets his white girlfriend Rose’s parents for the first time. Chris has apprehension about visiting Rose’s parents at their family estate, but Rose (His girlfriend) assures him that it will be fine, despite the fact that she claims that Chris is the FIRST black man that she’s ever dated and that she made no mention of his race to her parents, citing that her father (Dean) would have voted for Obama for a third term if possible as the only indicator that things will go well.
Upon the couple’s arrival at the family home, Rose’s Parents warmly welcomes Chris, and he initially takes a few awkward, slightly racist interactions with them as simple attempts to make him feel comfortable.
The family has two black helpers, Walter the groundskeeper and Georgina the housekeeper.
While Chris initially breathes a sigh of relief to be around two other people of color, something seems off about the two. Their overly polite, robotic mannerisms and speech make Chris uncomfortable.
This first portion of the movie is the slowest part but is nonetheless engaging. Peele set up the relationship between Chris and Rose’s family, as well as the relationship between Chris and his friend Rod, something which becomes increasingly important as the movie progresses.
As the plot advances, the pace picks up. The relationships on all fronts become more strained as more is revealed about the family, giving the audience the same growing feeling of uneasiness that Chris feels.
The more the story is revealed, the more outlandish the actions of the white family appear and allow Peele to weave in social commentary seamlessly.
The plot is not incredibly complex, but it doesn’t need to be. The scares are not going to make you jump out of your seat, but that is not necessary either. Because underneath it all is the feeling, more terrifying than any jump scare, that this wild story could actually happen, or in fact has actually happened in a way many people try to forget.
“Get Out” is made great by its leading man, Daniel Kaluuya, who truly makes you empathize with Chris. His subtle performance is incredibly powerful, and this movie would fail in the hands of a lesser actor.
One of the best things about his character, which can be attributed to Peele’s writing, is his intelligence and refreshing common sense. This is not a movie where you will be yelling at the screen “Do not walk down that dark hallway,” because Chris will have already turned on the light. No more movies with ditzy white teens going into the Garage for a sixpack and getting beheaded please.
Another aspect of this movie is its comedy. There is some clear humor provided by Rod’s character (Played by Lil Rel Howery), which does this movie a great service by providing comedic relief in intense situations…”Oh SH*T Sex Slave!, You Got To Go NOW!)
Jordan Peele revealed that the movie had originally ended with Chris being arrested by the cops for killing Rose and her family members after they tried to kill him.
I would have expected such an ending but it would have made the movie Get Out LIKE EVERY OTHER MOVIE WITH A BLACK PROTAGONIST.
According to Variety, Peele stated that he instead decided to go with a positive ending since “it was very clear that the ending needed to transform into something that gives us a hero, that gives us an escape, gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie.
There’s nothing more satisfying than when Rod shows up.
Particulalry when Rose turns out to be in cahoots with her racist family the entire time and turns on Chris, Rod, Chris’s best friend, ends up being the one to save him and had warned him all along, in the Funniest Ways Possible.
Thrilling, humorous and thought provoking, “Get Out” is a movie that will stick with you for a while.
The movie deftly handles the themes of Paranoia, Racial Bigotry and White Supremacy/Insecurity with aplomb.