Writer/director Jordan Peele describes his new hit movie “Get Out” as a societal thriller.
Produced at a budget of $4.5 million, chump change in Hollywood, the film has already done $133-million at the box office and has a 99% positive Rotten Tomatoes score.
What’s the secret to its success? Empathy.
Jordan Peele is biracial and understands what it’s like living in a black and white world. As half of the very successful comedy team of Key & Peele, he helped write and act in some of the smartest comedy sketches produced in the last ten years.
With “Get Out”, Peele has written and directed a film that is informed and intelligent. The movie lets white people get an inkling of what it’s like to live as a black man in our alleged post-racial American society.
Oh, but this film is not preachy or heavy-handed. It’s fun, funny, thrilling and surprising, and makes its point that we live in a divided society where race determines behaviors–– for whites toward blacks, and blacks toward whites.
In an age where blockbuster movies are usually driven by CGI effects and proven pop culture properties, “Get Out” stands as a testament to great, original storytelling and compelling performances.