Director– Jordan Peele
Get out is the most anticipated film of the year for me so far. The previews really intrigued me as I was more shocked that a film with this type of direction was getting main stream distribution more than I was at the concept itself. Starting the conversation about race is uncomfortable as a noose around the neck especially with all of the tension in today’s society. It is very risqué to have a film touch so heavily on such issues. I have also been a huge fan of Peele’s sketch comedy for years so I am definitely curious about his feature film debut.
Interracial couple consisting of photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) are at the meet the parents phase in their relationship. The pair plan a trip upstate to visit Rose’s parents for the weekend but Chris is worried because Rose who is white has not informed her family that he is black. Upon arrival Chris really hits it off with Rose’s parents Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Chris begins to realize that the Armitage’s have several African-Americans who work for them and have peculiar attitudes. The Armitage family have a social gathering where Chris notices a familiar black acquaintance of his and finds out that he has a white girlfriend who is much older than him and is also acting strange. Chris takes a picture of him and sends it too his best friend Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery). Chris is caught outside at night smoking by Ms. Armitage and she uses hypnosis to convince him to quit. Chris initially believes the hypnosis is a dream however the next morning he realises that he has been cured of his habit. Rod calls Chris to let him know that the picture he sent him was of his friend who had went missing several months ago. Chris then finds a box of pictures with Rose with several different african-american friends including several of the families workers prior to their spell and realises he maybe in trouble. As Chris tries to escape the entire Armitage family ambush him leaving Chris in the fight for his life to Get Out.
“I would have voted for Obama for a third term if I could”
“One day you are developing prints in a dark room the next day you wake up in the dark”
- Georgina spilling tea in a trance
- Hypnosis scene Chris being sent to “the sunken place”
- Flashbacks to Chris as a child watching television
- Auction montage
- Tea stirring
- Get out challenge scene
Daniel Kaluuya (Chris Washington) Never heard of him prior to this film but I think this should definitely open the door for him to obtain leading roles in the future as he knocked this performance out of the park.
Allison Williams (Rose Armitage) Her transformation from loving girlfriend to evil witch was incredible and can’t wait to see more from her.
Lil Rel Howery (Rod Williams) definitely added some comedic relief to this which balanced out the horror aspect and serious tones of this film.
The newest social media craze where Chris is attempting to escape and runs full speed at the camera then drastically changes direction. Chris is able to get into a car but accidentally hits Georgina in the process of calling for help. Feeling guilty for not doing more to save his own mother after being killed in a hit and run accident Chris goes out of his way to save her. The Get Out challenge is officially “a thing” and earns points as it is rare that films have that signature shot.
Get Out may come across as just african american and caucasian interaction, but this film has something viewers of all audiences can appreciate. The aspect that intrigued me the most was that this project is multiple genres while staying on course with the overall tone. Peele was brilliant in his debut. I thought the twist was innovative and unexpected. There is potential to have a breakout cast as the roles were very entertaining. I love the slower pace and the music gave it a 1970s horror flick vibe. This film puts a spotlight on many problems that still unfortunately exist in today’s society. Get Out cleverly combines the horror of racism with the comedy of realism and it is hauntingly beautiful.