Get Out Review
Get Out is an American psychological horror film written and directed by acclaimed writer/comedian Jordan Peele. And produced by Blumhouse Productions who are credited with movies such as Insidious, Oujia: Origin of Evil, and Split. The film features Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
The story follows young, interracial couple Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (Alison Williams) as they pack to visit to her parents house. Rose has told Chris that she has never dated a black guy before. And mentions to Chris that she hasn't mentioned it to them as well. The tone of the film is set around race relations. At first, the film makes light of Chris and Roses' situation. However, as the plot progresses the light, subtitle racial tone becomes more serious and sinister in nature.
From the opening scene of the film, it is clear that this is a different kind of horror movie. There are no monsters or ghosts involved. While the film will sometimes be obvious in its delivery of its point, you'll have to think to enjoy the creepiness of the situation at hand. The horror in this film comes from what people are willing to do to others due to the difference of skin color. Why does the color of one's skin make them a target to be preyed on by others? How often does the situation provided in the film actually happen in the real world? More than one would think and that's what makes this film truly terrifying.
The majority of the scares and uneasy moments in the film takes place inside the Armitage household. Roses' parents who are white have an all black staff. However, they are overly friendly and try to convince Chris that they aren't racist. The movies' serious, scary, and even funny moment play on the notion that the Armitage's are white supremacist. Even Chris's friend and dog-sitter (who's lines are obviously a voice for the audience) hilariously provides clues and facts about the situation that Chris is in. Fortunately, Chris is smartly written and he quickly notices that there is definitely something off—even if Rose doesn't share his suspicions. Dean and Missy Armitage both more than welcome Chris into their home.
Get Out takes the topic of racism and combines with a smart and truthful story. The story is truthfully frightening because as we know subtle racism runs rampant in our society today. Subtle racism (as we know) is extremely dangerous because there are no people wearing pointy, white hoods. The film shows how embedded racism is in our American society. The film's music does a great job of setting an eerie mood from the start—with sharp orchestra sounds that are reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's' Psycho. The African American tribal music featured also gives it a scary, ritualistic mood in the beginning and end.
The film also has a good plot twist that thankfully you can't see from a mile away. The performances from Daniel and the cast throughout are convincing and well done. The film doesn't rely on the race narrative for its horror. There are horror elements imbued that are genuinely scary like when the sudden movements the camera catches in the background. Director Jordan Peele smartly writes the main character in a manner that does not insult the intelligence of audiences—black or white. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film—probably more because of how much I can relate to it. Anyhow, the movie is painfully scary. Covert racism is alive and thrives because it is undetectable. And honestly that is the true horror of the society we live in.
Get Out is rated R and is currently in theaters.