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When viewing Get Out, I laughed first and thought later. Get Out is the debut of up and coming director Jordan Peele, also known for his acting parts in multiple televisions shows such as Rick and Morty and The Muppets.

Get Out opens with a scene we’ve seen an infinite amount of times in traditional and modern horror films: a solitary young person wandering through an unfamiliar neighbourhood, his eyes nervously shifting back and forth for the crime we as an audience can sense is about to happen. However, the antagonist of this film isn’t a madman in a human skin mask, swinging a meat cleaver. The plot is driven by Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, a twenty-something black man with a beautiful white girlfriend named Rose, played by Allison Williams. Chris’s sensitivity that Rose’s white parents won’t approve of him due to his race is the basic premise. We are then introduced to Rose’s self-proclaimed ultra-liberal parents, who somewhat comically refer to Chris as “my man”. The mood gradually changes to a disturbing, uncomfortable beat as the liberal town and neighbours start to reveal their true colors. As I watched and re-watched Get Out, I noticed that the targets were not the expected, unashamed racists of the extreme right political parties. Shockingly, the designated targets were the extreme lefties who would consider themselves as anything but radical racists.

The opening scenes are cleverly crafted to fool the audience, tricking us into believing that the antagonist is a black character who appears to be walking through a white middle-class neighbourhood. Peele has used this effective genre cliché creatively, allowing the audience to be deceived by their own judgements. After fully engaging with the movie, I have observed Peele’s intention to represent U.S. racial relations. This can be seen in other films such as The Purge which showcases the white middle/higher class slaughtering or “cleansing” the weaker working class. In my opinion, Peele tried to re-create this convention in Get Out, crafting a racial propagandist attack aimed at the U.S. Government.

The film takes many bizarre twists, creating carefully planned tension and fearful scares. The only way I can explain the general atmosphere of this movie is by comparing it to those awful moments as a child waiting for a Jack in the Box to raise its head. That disconcerting knowledge that the scare is about to happen, yet still frightens you when it finally comes. Watch with caution, it’s not for the weak of heart or those unaccustomed to hard truths.

Get Out. Director: Jordan Peele. Released 17th March 2017

 

Samet Haxhiu

Samet Haxhiu

Samet Haxhiu is a keen writer of scripts, screenplays and fiction. Samet helped to co-write a short film with his friend, Andres Austin Bennett, who has starred in the BBC Three series “Bad Education”. Samet enjoys a diverse range of writers such as Stephen King, Jane Isaac, China Mieville, Ali Smith and many more. Samet also admires the works of Damon Lindelof and Aaron Sorkin in regards to screenwriting. By combining his passion for creative writing and English, Samet is going to continue studying English with Creative writing to an MA level [ Creative Management] at London Southbank University.