It is truly rare these days to come across a film that is truly unique. Not just unique, but brilliant. To find a film that also shines a light on a social subject that needs to be explored, to be discussed, is something bigger than just a scary movie.
Writer-director Jordan Peele has created a film that is all of those things, ‘Get Out’. And I have no doubt that it is going to be an instant classic. For that reason, I will NOT spoil it for you.
Besides being brilliantly written, it has all of the hallmarks of the great genre films before it. It is incredibly creepy. The expressions, movements, and tone were perfectly executed by the cast which includes Daniel Kaluuy and Allison Williams who star in the lead roles, Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton “LilRel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).
The film follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Williams) who have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
The remote setting of the film is perfect. The grand house the film is set in echoed the antebellum houses of the South. The way the white characters spoke to and described the main character, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), was similar to the way masters would have described the slaves they were looking to purchase, by physical attributes like strength, stamina. It’s very similar to the way people still describe and treat athletes, valuing their muscles, their speed. The film points out how the races treat each other. While the white characters were scoping out Chris, Chris automatically looked at his girlfriend’s family with distrust and automatically assumed that they would not approve of the interracial relationship he has with their daughter. While her family over compensated in the beginning, he seemed a bit reluctant to share.
I think one of the main points to take away from ‘Get Out’ is that people need to address these tensions and learn to overcome them. Peele made a lot of great points while at the same time making a successfully scary film.
‘Get Out’ is not just about getting across a social message. It’s also action packed and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The tension between characters can be felt by the audience. Not only are there several “jump-scares’, there are many “WTF” moments, real thrills and even a bit of comedy courtesy of Chris’ best friend Rod (LilRel Howery).
I strongly recommend that you see ‘Get Out’. I can’t properly express how great it is. Normally, I can pick apart a film in the blink of an eye to find something negative about it. That is not the case with ‘Get Out’. It truly is fantastic. Luckily, you won’t have to wait long to see it. It’s currently playing in theaters nationwide from Universal Pictures. You can pre-order it now on YouTube and Amazon. Go see it!