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Hi everyone, Bryan here….
When you say the name Jordan Peele, you would most likely think of the brilliant comedic stylings of ‘Key and Peele‘ or Peele’s time on ‘MadTV‘. You might even crack a big smile, thinking of Peele’s recent film ‘Keanu’. But I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t think of the words “horror maestro” when you see Jordan Peele’s name come across the screen. And that’s exactly what Peele can add to his resume résumé with his new movie ‘Get Out‘, which he wrote and directed for the genre mogul Blumhouse.
After watching the brilliant mix of horror, comedy, and satire with ‘Get Out‘, I can easily put Peele’s name up there with the horror greats such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, and George Romero. It’s that good. I only think a handful of people have crafted such a film in which comedy and horror are so well used that you’re equally on the edge of your seat scared and laughing out loud, not from the silliness mind you, but from the perfect screenplay by Peele and its satirical elements throughout on race. ‘Get Out‘ might be the most satisfying movie ever made and it doesn’t even have Bruce Campbell in it.
You can see similarities to ‘The Stepford Wives‘ and Carpenter’s ‘They Live‘ here, but Peele keeps things very fresh and original as we follow Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man who travels with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to upstate New York to meet her parents Dean and Missy (Bradley Whitford and Katherine Keener) for the first time. You might think this will go into ‘Meet the Parents’ territory, but in fact, it’s a much more sadistic situation. All seems kosher up front, but as the hours go by and guests arrive at a party, nothing is what it seems to be.
I always knew Jordan Peele was talented, but to switch genres, or in this case mix the horror and comedy genres in such a perfect way where the film will legitimately scare you, as well as make you laugh out loud, is something that is very difficult to do. Peele flawlessly executes the writing and direction of this film with his camera shots and dialogue. The film never strays off into side tangents and gives you bits of clues throughout, always leaving you wanting more. It never over stays its welcome either and hilariously satirizes race relations without ever being preachy. ‘Get Out‘ is one film that has etched its way into one of my instant favorites.