As a fan of their sketch comedy show, it was reassuring to witness the everlasting humor from both Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in 2016 titles such as Keanu and Don't Think Twice. And much like Key's satisfying dramatic transformation in the latter film, true artists make branching out of their comfort zone appear so effortless, Now it's Peele's turn, as the creative mastermind unveils his new horror release, Get Out.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his Caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) are planning to head to her parent's quaint middle-of-nowhere home for a proper introduction. But when Chris arrives and immediately notices that all of the other African-American friends of the family and house-workers are acting peculiar, he begins to wonder if a more sinister plot is brewing. Yet, addressing the issue could complicate things with the love of his life.
Jordan Peele shows off his second-level thinking with a heady screenplay that transitions fluidly between dark comedy and a creepy thriller. There are enough red-herrings and legitimate clues to keep the audience off their toes and guessing until the last possible minute. Peele's directorial debut also tackles fragile racial undertones that, on a superficial level, are supposed to camouflage as a metaphor to the film's deeper story. Furthermore, Get Out works so well in large part to Daniel Kaluuya's fine leading turn, one that's counter-balanced by exceptional work from savvy acting veterans Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. Get Out dancing across a spectrum of emotions all before it explodes with a fantastic and unforgettable finale. Jordan Peele puts his artistic prowess on full display and it proves to be one hell of a ride.