Thursday, March 2, 2017

"Get Out" tackles racial exploitation like no other

Who knew that Jordan Peele, that character, comedic actor from MadTV and Key & Peele fame, had such a dark vision in writing and directing a dark satire thriller like Get Out in him.  When a twenty-something Brooklyn photographer extraordinaire Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) accompanies his girlfriend (Allison Williams) to her parents' country estate, he finds that strange things are going on with every single African American he encounters there.  The future in-laws in question, played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, at first exude a charm and likability that is hard to resist, only to slowly peel away thin layers of their polished up personas to reveal unimaginable monsters underneath.

Peele manages the tone of an ordinary drama that slowly transforms into an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that explodes in a memorable third-act orgy of violence, and considering this is Peele's feature debut, it's an impressive effort.  Also, he finds a fitting comic relief in Lil Rel Howery, a TSA security officer and a close friend of Chris', who warns him that he may soon be turned into a "sex slave" for the rich white people.  Howery steals every scene he's in, and his timing is reminiscent of Peele's own comedic talent.  Get Out is a well constructed, expertly made thriller that might contain more truth about our current society than most will admit, and that precisely is its genius.

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