Get Out: Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut film is about racism in Trump's era

FP Staff

Mar,14 2017 16:23 33 IST

Among a devoted online audience, Jordan Peele is known as one half of a sketch show double act called Key & Peele which airs on Comedy Central. It has gained a reputation for the pair’s spot-on impersonations and short-form racial satire. This racial satire translates beautifully onto the silver screen in Peele's directorial debut, Get Out.

Daniel Kaluuya plays the lead in Get Out. Image courtesy: Twitter

Daniel Kaluuya plays the lead in Get Out. Image courtesy: Twitter

Peele's directorial debut is one of the scariest films in 2017. Get Out looks at the experience of a young black man, played by the British actor Daniel Kaluuya, when he is introduced to his white girlfriend's parents.

It's by turns tense, funny and terrifying. It draws the comedic inspiration from Sidney Poitier's Guess Who's Coming To Dinner and in an era of Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter, it taps into America's racial tensions in the most unsettling and yet compelling fashion.

The New York Times points out how the opener — a black man talking on a cellphone on an empty suburban street — briskly sets the tone, unsettles the mood.

Peele spoke about the racial implications of the film at a secret screening of the film at the Sundance film festival.

Deadline reported him saying that, "We had this black president and we're living in this post-racial lie. This whole idea that we’ve passed it all. For me, and many black people out there, there's racism. I experience it on an everyday basis. This movie was meant to reveal that there's the monster of racism lurking underneath these seemingly innocent conversations and situations. It's been fascinating watching the last few years develop, because now the movie is coming out in a very different America from where it began. I think it's more important now, and far more interesting now. I respect Universal for having the f*cking balls leaning into this kind of sh*t."

Get Out rolls into cinemas on 17 March 2017 to scare you out of your wits. Watch the trailer here: