Peele-ing back the layers of ‘Get Out’

Mitchell Baltosser, A&E Writer

Have you ever felt alone in a crowed place surrounded by people? Felt like you were the only person left out of a secret that everyone else knew? Your brain is telling you to do one thing: “Get Out.” This happens to be the movie we are discussing this week.
“Get Out” tells the story of Chris Washington, a black man going with his white girlfriend to meet her parents over a weekend getaway. Only to be met with awkward introductions and attempts at conversation with in-between comments on his race.
The narrative then switches to an intense trip of paranoia as more guests begin to arrive at the house and the family’s web of dark secrets begins to unravel.
With only a budget of $4.5 million, it was trounced with its earnings of over $255.5 million at the box office. It earned nominations for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and Actor at the academy awards. As the first movie directed by actor Jordan Peele, the film blew away all expectations and received raving reviews.

My Take:

Some of those reading this who have not seen the movie might have wondered why I specifically pointed out the race of the characters. That is because “Get Out” is obviously about race.
A topic that is not a point in many horror movies and even less often the main subject. “Get Out” exceeds all expectations of a horror flick as it points out the terrors of the real world.
The final scene comes to mind. When confronted with an image all too familiar to viewers, providing the same creeping feelings as in the shower scene in “Psycho”.
The approaches of anger, fear, and uneasiness delivers an absolutely overwhelming terror and the outcome, like the rest of the movie, is expertly subverted.
Outside the movie’s very serious undertones it does extremely well at building its characters. Washington being an amazing protagonist with the superb acting skills of Daniel Kaluuya. Having the villains be superbly creepy, each with their own special little spin of crazy only adds panic as you learn more about them.
I cannot forget to mention the character of Rod, who I think is probably one of the most realistic depictions of a best friend I have ever seen in a film and an absolute gem of comic relief.
Admittedly when this film first came out, I was not expecting much out of Peele’s directorial debut. “A comedian directing and writing a horror film? That can only turn out well,” was the exact thought going through my head. To my surprise, it did and very well in fact.
Peele tells an amazingly horrific story, one that I can only imagine has its roots in real experiences which makes it all the scarier. The film is also so robust in small details and themes that a surprising amount of information can be viewed in different interpretations and overarching themes.
To get to the point, this film is absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait to watch more of Peele’s work. 10/10.