Get Out review
Have you ever felt out of place at a party? Perhaps a friend had taken you for the evening or somebody from the office invited you over thinking that their group would click with you. I get that feeling a lot. A lot of it has nothing to do with the people hosting or the food, but I’ve been more comfortable in situations where I have control. Without something to latch onto, I become that guy at the table whose going to look up something to read on the Internet rather then socialize.
Today’s subject deal with that kind of fear that I think a lot of people have; when they suddenly feel alone when ironically, when there are people. It usually has to do when they feel the most different, so it does make sense when people of different color are around those not the same. That’s not to say the people hate this guy, but it does express how some communities don’t entwine with more a mixed race mindset. During these situations, I try to make some casual conversation hoping I can find one person to stick to for the rest of the evening. That’s not an option for our hero in Get Out.
Photographer Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya) is getting ready for a weekend trip to his girlfriend’s parents place. Rose (played by Allison Williams) is white while Chris is black. They seem like a good couple with the proper chemistry. As he’s packing, he does ask whether Alison’s parents know if he’s black. She responds no, feeling that even saying “I’m bringing my black boyfriend home” would seem morally wrong. On their way over, they hit a deer which prompts a cop to stop. After a bit of racial profiling, Chris and Roe finally make it to the parents estate.
Upon driving in, Chris sees the groundskeeper whose black. He also sees their maid who is also black. When Chris finally meets her parents Dean (played by Bradley Whitford) and Missy (played by Catherine Keener), things seem to go well and both act very nice. One the first night over, Missy uses hypnosis to not only break Chris of his smoking habit, but manages to reveal personal information. He dismisses the hypno session as a dream, but faces more of Rose’s family the next day at a party. They’re friendly, but something about them being over accommodating towards Chris makes him uneasy. He continues to see just what the family is about in the next couple of days.
Director Jordan Peele (yes, that guy from Key & Peele) has a clear understanding of what makes a good horror movie; by exploring one’s true fear. He takes advantage of the art by not only staging several scenes as intentionally uneasy, but even showing the more horror-like tropes impressively (the entire opening sequence is all done in one take with no edits). He manages to carry that tone pretty well, though it does become slow once thing unravel.
The best thing about the movie is Daniel Kaluuya as Chris. Had I not seen him on a talk show the other night, I would have had no idea that he was British. I also like that his character’s personality seemed like a guy I would run into rather then making him a stereotype. He can carry a movie, even through the darker parts when his backstory is revealed. Though I can give away much, I can say that this films falls in the same category of the original Straw Dogs in one’s feeling of loneliness in an odd environment.
I’ll give this four and a half deer skeletons out of five. I don’t know if I can call this a game changer, but it was still a fun movie to watch. I defiantly recommend this for those looking for a good thriller. Step out of your comfort zone and get out for Get Out.