Get Out – Review

GET OUT is a satirical, socio-political horror-comedy directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. 

When Chris (Kaluuya) takes the plunge to meet his girlfriend Rose’s (Williams) parents he is concerned about how they might react when they discover he is black. When he reaches the Armitages’ home it soon becomes clear that Rose’s family aren’t all that comfortable with Chris’ skin colour. Her father (Bradley Whitford) racially stereotypes Chris using phrases like “my man” and saying “thang” and telling him about how much he loved Obama. It’s all a bit uncomfortable and awkward in the way you might expect a white upper class family welcoming a working class black man into their home might be. 

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This is a sign of what is to come. The tip of the iceberg. It unfolds that there is something very amiss with this predominantly white upper class suburb. That’s as far as I want to go regarding plot. I’d advise you to go in as blind as possible because this film’s strength is in it subtleties. 

It’s a quite horrifying satire on white supremacy and slavery. And it’s quite brilliant. It’s unpredictable and expertly plays upon classic horror tropes while also offering a really interesting look into race relations. 

Kaluuya brilliantly plays Chris from the man who is paranoid about feeling racist vibes from his prospective in-laws to the man terrified for his life. It’s one hell of a performance.

The writing is clever, sharp and witty. Lil Rel Howery plays Chris’ friend Rod and provides the comic relief in a similar role to that of Michael Peña in Ant-Man. How you can mix serious messages about racism and genuine moments of hilarity and still end up with a coherent and still horrifying film is beyond me but Peele manages it masterfully. 

★★★★☆

BRILLIANT

Get Out is an brilliantly clever take on the horror genre. 

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