Review: “Get Out”


Ben Diggan

“Get Out” 2017

“Get Out” is a social thriller that is an idea turning white racism into unsettling shivers that keep you guessing until the end. It is about a young black man whose world gets flipped upside down when he attends a community gathering of mostly white people. Jordan Peele (from the well-known skit show “Key & Peele”), is the writer and director that created this movie. British actor Daniel Kaluuya was cast to be one of the lead actors Chris, who is a photographer with a nice loft, loveable little dog, and a very striking girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams from “Girls” on HBO).

The movie opens with Chris and Rose in his apartment packing to go for a long weekend to meet her parents at the house Rose grew up in. Chris asks, “Do they know I’m black?”. Rose admits they don’t know but promises him not to worry saying, “My dad would have voted for Obama for a third time if he could have.” They leave and travel out of the city and into the countryside towards her home. Jordan Peele put together the next scene almost as if to set the tone for the whole movie. As they were traveling the scene was cozy and calming, a peacefulness that is broken by an ill-fated deer crossing. Chris’s friend Rod Williams (LilRel Howery), is another important character bringing sarcasm and a comedic emotion to the plot of the movie. Pulling up to her parents’ house a feeling of unease or anxiousness is sensed. Rose introduces Chris to her parents Dean and Missy, (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener), while meeting Chris they both display body language leading the viewer to think they feel awkward with a black man dating their daughter. Dean is very talkative trying to get Chris to feel comfortable assuring him they are fine with their daughter dating a “Brother”, while Missy is mostly quiet but very observing of Chris. As the movie goes on Chris meets the black servants on the property, Georgina and Walter (Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson). They both seem to be in a state of unease throughout the movie and seem as if they are living in an older time period showing through their mannerisms and choice of language. The following morning of meeting the servants and Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones), guest begin to arrive for the yearly picnic. The day goes on and Chris is strangely the center of attention increasing the anxious feeling that something is going to happen.

Jordan Peele does a fantastic job at playing with his audience’s emotions. Just when the viewer thinks they know what is going to happen he smoothly changes the direction of the plot making the viewer think something completely different. Mr. Peele does an excellent job at constantly asserting real life into scenes. Mr. Peele informed to New York Times that “Our monsters are at times as familiar as the neighborhood watch; one person’s fiction, after all, is another’s true-life horror story.” Chris seemingly spends so much time being around the white people trying to make them feel comfortable that he doesn’t see the danger he’s in until late in the movie. Jordan Peele uses this blindness of Chris’s character to play with the audience’s minds throughout.

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