‘Get Out’ sparks reaction

First time director Jordan Peele, best known as a writer and star of the Emmy-winning sketch series “Key & Peele,” is back with the amazing satirical thriller “Get Out.”

It follows a Black man from Brooklyn named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) whose white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) takes him upstate to meet her parents for the first time. Once they arrive, Chris begins to notice bizarre behavior from Rose’s family and their Black employees, housekeeper Georgina and handyman Walter.

Chris tells his friend Rod (LilRey Howry) of the increasingly weird events, and he soon learns the horrible truth when an odd black man (Lakeith Stanfield) warns him to get out. Chris soon learns getting out is easier said than done.
“Get Out” does a wonderful job not just giving out its scares while also giving some laughs, but touching on the subject of racism — a subject that is on everyone’s mind at this point in time.

From scares and humor to drama, Jordan Peele blends all three so well in an outstanding directorial debut. Peele’s direction is done so well it is as if he has been making films for years. The twists in this movie will have you fascinate the entire time.

Kaluuya gives a performance that is engaging throughout. You begin to worry for him as he tries to figure out why his girlfriend’s family members, and the other people of the community, are the way they are. 

Another performance that stands out is from LilRey Howry. As Rod, Howry provides the comic relief, delivering lines that will have you cracking up every time he’s on screen.

The score, composed by Michael Abels, is another strong pillar. The chilling music played during the opening credits – reminiscent of the opening score to “The Shining” — sets the tone for the rest of the film.

Naming any flaws in this well-crafted film is difficult, however, it does run into some of the faulty logic you’re bound to find in horror movies.

Nevertheless, Jordan Peele has made an amazing social thriller that will be talked about for years on end. It gives Peele a fantastic directorial debut that makes you wonder what he’ll think of next in his future films. Peele shows that, though our society is different and more progressive than it was decades, racism still exists, and it’s a scary thing.