‘Get Out,’ directed by Jordan Peele of the Key & Peele show, utilized the creative space of the horror-comedy genre as a vessel for social commentary regarding the complexities of race relations and commodification of nonwhite bodies in contemporary American society. The film also comments on the sociopolitical-theological paradigm of both liberal and conservative ideologies while dealing in race relations between the white and black binary.
Luckily for horror and casual moviegoers whom are uncomfortable with its subject matter, humor was utilized to alleviate any tension-driven or repetitiveness. The humor used throughout the movie is never over-saturated or tacky but rather highly needed and written greatly; consequently helping diffuse awkward situations between characters and the unfolding story-line.
The elements used throughout the movie helped extend the effectiveness of its contemporary social commentary narrative, including common horror tropes and sought-after plot-twists of this sub-genre combined with beautiful cinematography. Peele manages to create and capture enthralling artistic shots that help beautify suspenseful moments throughout the story by visually helping its audience understand the severity of protagonist’s plight and demonstrating his directorial creativity.
Overall, this is one of the best horror films of this year so far and it’ll be extremely difficult for another movie to displace this from its current ranking and quite possibly the final top-ten list of this year. Daniel Kaluuya, whom plays the protagonist Chris, was phenomenal and gave a very diverse performance that made you care and root for him throughout the entirety of this film and especially the third-act. Catherine Keener was exceptional and gave one heck of a performance that will stay with you for a while.