Every year, there comes an unexpected cinematic gem that takes the world by storm. This year, comedian Jordan Peele got behind the camera for his directorial debut: horror-comedy Get Out. And it may be 2017's surprise hit.

Having been dating for a while now, it has come to the time for African-American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) to go home with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) and meet her parents. A little apprehensive about the idea, at first (not too comfortable being surrounded by only white people), Chris reluctantly agrees and goes to visit for the weekend. However, upon arriving at the Armitage estate, he quickly uncovers a dark, dangerous truth about this family and realises that there may be more than meets the eye to them.

Jordan Peele is, of course, known for his comedic talents - one-half of the brilliant Key and Peele pairing, creators of the hilarious Key and Peele show. However, with Get Out, the actor shows off his equally impressive directing capability for the first time too, whilst also displaying his love of the horror genre here, crafting a directorial debut that is so fresh and brilliant, it's almost as if Peele is as gifted a filmmaker as he is a comedian. Expectedly, this film is hilarious - playing as a dark-edged satire of sorts. The jokes don't necessarily come often but, when they do, rest assured, they all land and are all gut-bustingly hilarious - Lil Rel Howery, especially, is a comedic force here, taking the belly share of the laughs. However, at its core, Get Out is a horror-thriller. And it excels in delivering thrills and chills. Peele orchestrates the tension so masterfully, coupling it with a dark tone and sense of mystery, to really create an unnerving atmosphere that is genuinely quite terrifying and will keep you on the edge of your seat - quite literally. However, he does so in a manner which never feels cheap - a.k.a. no cheap jump scares - nor forced. The film also has a very important and timely message about race too - take note, Trump.
What really sets Get Out apart from most other horror films, though, is its characters. This screenplay - also penned by Peele - does a superb job of really creating three-dimensional characters that not only feel real but that we can easily invest in too - especially Chris, as our eyes into this story, who we find ourselves rooting for throughout. Daniel Kaluuya does a terrific job in the lead role, bringing a genuine levity and humanity to ground the character and the proceedings that bit further; the rest of the cast match him blow for blow, with the likes of Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Caleb Landry Jones turning in chilling performances as the Armitage's. Betty Gabriel is also notably exceptional as the mysterious Georgina. However, as I mentioned earlier, it's Lil Rey Howery that is the star here, as Chris's best friend Rod; the actor steals every single scene he is in and will have you in fits of laughter - yes, he is that awesome.

Get Out is a film that, despite some predictable reveals towards the third act, feels so fresh and original and necessary for the horror genre. It's a film that doesn't rely on cheap gimmicks like jump scares or the like, and rather builds and builds the tension to create a chilling atmosphere and then holds you there, refusing to let you go. It's immensely more effective and terrifying as a result - you'll find yourself taking a long-deserved breath of relief once the credits roll. Jordan Peele's direction and writing is genius, constantly mocking the genre's tropes and cliches and never quite showing its hand. It perhaps falters in the third act when the film betrays its own sensibilities and becomes a bit of an over-the-top, predictable, cliched horror finale. There are also some pacing issues throughout, with the film not always flowing as smooth as we'd hope. However, it still can't detract from how incredible and genius a film Get Out is. Considering this is only Jordan Peele's directorial debut, it has me very excited to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Equal parts as terrifying as it is hilarious, Get Out is a genius endeavour - fresh, original and simply brilliant.

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Awais Irfan
Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.

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