McCann At The Movies: Get Into ‘Get Out’

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Our new movie reviewer, John McCann, was impressed with Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, ‘Get Out’…

Written and directed by Jordan Peele (one half of the famous comedy duo Key & Peele), ‘Get Out’ was a film that had intrigued me long before viewing.

The was due largely to its sensitive subject matter, a strong supporting cast, the prospect of an original horror movie and the curiosity of the capability of what calibre of film a comedic star could produce when switching genres completely.

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Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) in Get Out.

The film centres around Chris (played superbly by Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) as they embark on a weekend away to meet Allison’s parents Missy and Dean for the first time.

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly-friendly behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to reveal a truth that he could have never imagined.

On first viewing (and this film deserves repeated viewings) Peele’s first dabble in the world of directing is an unprecedented success and a piece of highly original film making that deals with social and cultural issues so cleverly that the viewer is left deep in thought, as well as scared out of their wits whilst also finding time for the odd chuckle!

It is in fact, this skill that Peele manages to interweave all these varying emotions and genre types in to one piece of cinema that is his greatest triumph in Get Out.

Fear, horror and unease are the real winners here however, as this film avoids all the usual horror film cliches and plays like a cross between a top notch Twilight Zone episode and The Stepford Wives (I mean that as a compliment!) which will frighten and shake the viewer to their very core and leave those uneasy emotions there for days. A triumph!


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