Get Out isn’t just a great horror movie- it’s a great movie period. Jordan Peele’s film is equal part intense thriller and sharp social satire, and for a debut job, Peele delivers a film so well crafted it feels like the work of a veteran. This is one of the smartest and most innovative horror films of the past decade, and it remains one of the most breathlessly entertaining genre films of it’s era.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is facing anxiety when he joins his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) on a trip to meet her parents. Nervous when he’s one of only a few black guests, Chris begins to suspect something when he’s faced with an environment that seems conspired against him. Kaluuya is a breakout star; his level headed, relatable charisma serves as one of the best thriller leads in ages, and it’s our inherent relation to his character that makes the film so effective.
As a director, Peele never goes for cheap tricks, focusing on setting up a mood of uneasiness and creating stark, striking visual designs. While the film is just a tad too long, it’s world building is remarkable, and the film’s finale is satisfying on multiple levels. What’s equally impressive is the film’s social satire; instead of focusing on the standard stereotypes of racism that we’ve seen in numerous films, the film brilliantly satirizes the culture of white liberals who’s obsession with equality has become harmful, and Peele’s sharply funny dialogue makes this complex issue both insightful and funny.
Get Out is a brilliant genre film, and it’s perfectly timed comedy and suspenseful scares make for a wholly unique psychological thriller. Jordan Peele makes for a brilliant debut director, and his clear passion for classic cinema makes Get Out feel like a throwback, while it’s satire makes it exquisitely modern. This is a fast paced, sharply relevant, and shockingly funny film that’s one of the best thrillers of the year. Grade: B+