Critics are heaping praise upon “Get Out,” the directorial debut of comedian Jordan Peele, who won an Emmy in 2016 for the final season of his Comedy Central sketch show, “Key and Peele.” The horror film about the family dynamics surrounding an interracial romance opens in theaters today and has a staggering 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, and an impressive score of 83 on Metacritic (watch the trailer above).
In “Get Out,” which Peele also wrote, Rose (Allison Williams) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) have reached a point in their relationship when it is time to meet her parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). Chris is apprehensive because Rose has not told her parents that Chris is black. And while the parents seem initially friendly, Chris begins to suspect that something in this mostly white suburban community is amiss, and possibly sinister.
The film is being praised not only for its success as a horror film, but also for its sharp satirical messages regarding race relations in post-Obama America. Below is a sampling of what critics are saying.
Alonso Duralde (The Wrap): “Jordan Peele has made an extraordinary leap in genre here, and he’s also crafted a horror film that has more blistering observations about race than half a dozen well-intentioned Oscar-bait dramas. ‘Get Out’ is one of the very few films that’s ever going to be compared with both ‘You’re Next’ and ’13th,’ and it heralds the arrival of a very promising new filmmaker.”
Peter Debruge (Variety): “What a watershed feat Peele has pulled off, delivering such a gloriously twisted thriller that simultaneously has so much to say about the state of affairs in post-Obama America.”
Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun Times): “The real star of the film is writer-director Jordan Peele, who has created a work that addresses the myriad levels of racism, pays homage to some great horror films, carves out its own creative path, has a distinctive visual style — and is flat-out funny as well.”
Richard Brody (The New Yorker): “Peele’s perfectly tuned cast and deft camera work unleash his uproarious humor along with his political fury; with his first film, he’s already an American Buñuel.”