Inside the mind of Jordan Peele: “Get Out”

Nia Orakwue, Entertainment Editor

Within the film industry, there is little debate that Jordan Peele is well on his way to proving himself as one of the best filmmakers of our generation. His films, which often relay themes of relevant social issues including race, class, identity and privilege. Not only are his films amazing to watch and experience, they deliver incredibly significant and timely messages to the audience.

His most popular and arguably best films, “Get Out” and “US,” both lure the viewer into the story through dark suspense and mystery. The argument of which film is better is obviously very subjective and must take into account the many aspects of the films, not just the entertainment factor.

“Get Out,” featuring Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington, and Alison Williams as Rose Armitage, is about an interracial couple who is taking a trip to Rose’s family house. Once they arrive Chris starts to feel uncomfortable with her family and notices some strange things happening. Because of this, he feels the need to “Get Out.” The movie grossed $176,040,665 in total and has won numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

“Us,” featuring Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson and Winston Duke as Gabe Wilson. It’s about a family who goes on a family trip to the lake and is haunted by a family identical to themselves. It earned $70.5 million in its first weekend, now the best opening weekend for an original horror film.

“Get Out” focused more specifically on Chris’ experiences with his girlfriend, Rose, and her family. His experiences and struggles were meant to be seen as an example of the complex and deep-rooted dynamics of race in America. Instead of having a more free-to-interpretation-ending, the movie wraps up nicely and very compellingly presents Peele’s message. I think it was a very deliberate point by Peele to not leave room for interpretation in the film because the message he was portraying was so important and relevant that he didn’t want it to be misunderstood or undermined.

“Us” had a more broad storyline that seemed to have global implications in the movie and left the viewer with more questions and loose ends at the end of the movie for to reflect on after the movie is over. I know that having to deeply analyze a film after you leave the theater is a very attractive trait to many moviegoers and is what makes a movie entertaining for many people.

I agree that movies that leave a lot to the imagination and are more open-ended can be very engaging as it forces the viewer to interact with the film and the themes in it. However, for me, the most remarkable part of “Get Out” is the way that it so accurately portrays the fears and concerns that exist for black Americans in a dramatized way. I will admit that the movie does in a way walk you through those experiences, but the thing that makes the movie so great, and arguably better than “Us,” is the incredibly well articulate messages and ideas in it, the representation of a whole communities struggles and the amazingly creative way in which Peele does it. I understand that may not be worth as much as other people, but to me, that is worth more than the additional entertainment factor that is brought with an open-ended storyline.

The beauty of the movie is the message and the fact that it can walk an entire country through the experiences of one discriminated group so that there might be more understanding and empathy even if it is through film.