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Jordan Peele’s directorial debut impresses with its twisted take on horror for mainstream audiences.
Is it worth $10? Yes
The terrific Daniel Kaluuya plays a handsome, successful, young Black man in comedian-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele’s (“Key & Peele” [2012-2015]) haunting directorial debut. In “Get Out,” Kaluuya’s Chris Washington is happily committed to a beautiful woman named Rose (Allison Williams) and to their interracial relationship—she’s White.
The movie hits the ground running with a super-effective and memorable opening scene set to the tune of Flanagan & Allen’s “Run Rabbit Run.” The rest of the film takes us on an uncomfortable and frightening, though enjoyable, trip.
“Get Out,” intriguingly twisted and weird, plays like a modern mixture of “The Stepford Wives” (1975), “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” (1967), and even slightly resembles the recent horror film “A Cure For Wellness” (2017). On the whole, it’s a “puzzle movie,” and while the picture that’s revealed isn’t surprising, there is one element that is genuinely unexpected (and isn’t satisfactorily explained).
But, Peele perfectly blends comedy and horror into a well-balanced, entertaining, and fun experience. “Get Out” runs two hours and 10 minutes, but it moves at a quick clip and doesn’t feel like a two-hours-plus film. While unnecessarily overly tailored to Black audiences, especially in its controversial use of the “fear of White people” trope, there is still more than enough here for most moviegoers to enjoy. Continuing Jordan Peele’s streak of successes, this satisfyingly freaky film leaves us wondering what this talented individual will pull out of his sleeve next.
D.R. Huffman covers new fare with an emphasis on horror and thrillers for Punch Drunk Movies. “The DR is in.”