Get Out is the directorial debut of the hilarious Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) and was produced by Blumhouse Productions. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington, who is going away for the weekend to meet his girlfriend Rose’s (played by Allison Williams) parents. Chris and Rose are an interracial couple, and Chris is worried what Rose’s parents will think of him being black. Upon arrival to her parents’ house, Chris notices their home is somewhat Southern plantation-esque. Not just that, the parents only have black servants working for them. Servants that act quite strange and lifeless. With everyone acting a little unusual, a strange sequence of events begin taking place, events that Chris may not make out of alive.
I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed Get Out. It had a lot of components that I admire in a film, like its ability to successfully combine the genres of horror and comedy. It seemed like all the pieces to make an engaging and effective thriller fell right into play. Everything from the set, the characters, and the music were finely tuned and well crafted. Giving me full confidence to say that Mr. Peele and everyone else on and off camera knew exactly what they were doing.
As I previously stated, this film perfectly blends elements of horror, suspense, and comedy, all while providing insightful social commentary. Almost the entire film is an ongoing buildup of tension and unsettling events, ultimately leading up to a great slasher flick payoff. There is also a pretty good unforeseen (at least, to me) twist turn of events that really caught me off guard.
Get Out deals with a lot of the racial issues we as a society struggle frequently with today. Instead of focusing on blatant acts of racism and prejudice like many films, Get Out cleverly hones in on some implicit biases that take place in our culture. The white characters so obviously hold deep-seated stereotypes towards blacks, yet frequently mutter off pandering comments like “We would’ve voted for Obama for a third term”. I personally felt like the film was commenting on how whites act sympathetic and compassionate towards blacks, yet still hold many forms of prejudice. However, this is of course up to interpretation.
While I found the racial issues brought up in Get Out to be interesting and thought-provoking, some people may find it too overbearing. The social commentary became so obvious at times that I could actually feel the film beating me over the head with it. So much so that you could even argue it detracts from other aspects of the film. All in all I think the final verdict over how good the commentary in Get Out was will be up to the individual.
The acting in the film is all grade A material as well. Daniel Kaluuya gives a great performance as someone who feels very much out of place in an unsettling environment. Everyone else in the film does a fantastic job as being creepy as hell. One of the best scenes is when Chris speaks with the parents’ black servant named Georgina (Betty Gabriel). He confides in her that he gets nervous when there are too many white people are around. Georgina’s response is a teary eyed murmuring of “No, no, no” (all said with a giant smile on her face).
Seeing Get Out was a very memorable experience, one that I recommend for anyone who likes this sort of movie. The audience is given a healthy dose of social commentary, mixed with lots of thrills and laughs. I loved the acting, the creepy dialogue, and the witty humor that could turn an unsettling scene into a funny one. So if you’re one for thrillers that have a comedic edge, I suggest you give Get Out a try.
The Verdict: A