Thursday February 23, 2017

Jordan Peele's Get Out is a 'social thriller' that tackles a timely issue

Jordan Peele's Get Out is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 2018 Oscars.

Jordan Peele's Get Out is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 2018 Oscars. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Jordan Peele calls his latest film, Get Out, a "social thriller."

The film follows a young interracial couple — a black man and a white woman — who visit her parents' strange, mysterious country estate. There are a few jump scares but the real monster is not a physical manifestation. "It's a movie where the monster in question, the evil, is humanity and society," Peele explains. "We're capable of amazing things collaboratively, but we're also capable of the greatest horrors." 

With its clear message on racism, Peele thinks that the timing of this film's release is fortuitous given America's political climate right now. 

"The racial conversation is inevitable," Peele says. "I think this movie will be more welcome and will be received better than when it was just something that we didn't want to talk about."

Peele is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 2018 Oscars. In lead up to the Academy Awards, here's our conversation with Jordan Peele from February 23, 2017.

— Produced by Beza Seife