Comedian and actor Jordan Peele tests his hand at directing for the first time with this intelligent thriller, with a very original story and some great performances. The film is a definite step-up for Blumhouse Productions usual standard for films. However, while many people think this film is phenomenal, I personally don’t agree. As I do feel there is more than a few areas in need of some improvement.
The story begins when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, until his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches an extreme boiling point. Leading ‘Chris’ to believe more sinister forces may be at work there.
As already mentioned, the film’s narrative is very original, and any originality in film I will always appreciate. However, although originally pitched and advertised as a horror film. ‘Get Out’ is really anything but. Having many inclines of comedy mixed with a few tension-filled moments here and there. The film is entertaining, but not really eerie or frightening in the slightest. Which is why I believe the film is now classed as a thriller rather then a horror by most.
Although the writing in the film may not lead onto many terrifying moments. Jordan Peele does balance the comedy very well, in addition to building up an engaging mystery throughout the run-time. Obviously with a plot such as this one, there is also an enormous amount of social commentary underneath the main story, and while I did find most of this commentary very interesting and thought-provoking (as the film brings up some very relevant issues in our society today). I also found it be very distracting at points throughout the film, being a little too on the nose for me.
By far, the best aspect of the film me for are the performances by the cast, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are all exceptional. Daniel Kaluuya as the protagonist: ‘Chris Washington’ in particular. Mostly known for his roles in: ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Black Panther’. He gives a very ranged performance here, and manages to create a very likeable character within only a short period of time. Sadly though, not all of the supporting cast level up to this standard. Combining these great performances with the effective writing also allows the script to place many little clues and hidden meanings within the dialogue itself.
The cinematography by Toby Oliver is also a great aspect of the film, creating many interesting shots and really making use of the large open spaces most of the film takes place in. Especially in the opening scene of the film, which is very well-executed and really helps set-up the narrative yet to come (along with being my personal favourite scene in the film).
Personally though, I’m not a huge fan of the original score by Michael Abels. The entire soundtrack sounds very strange to me, and although unique, it can come off as very distracting and out-of-place during many scenes within the film. Also only a small complaint, but I do also feel the film could do with a little more colour grading at points. As the bland colour palette can sometimes make a few of the shots look very dull.
In conclusion, ‘Get Out’ is a decent thriller. The performances and cinematography here are definitely very impressive, and easily some of the most brilliant aspects of the film. But I do still feel the lack of an eerie atmosphere and an impactful score really don’t help the film. Along with this, I also do feel some elements of the film come off as oddly comedic when they weren’t quite meant to be. Overall a 7/10, while nothing amazing, it definitely has it’s moments, and I would say it’s a solid watch if you enjoy the occasional thriller.