Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, LilRel Howery
Seen on: 9.5.2017
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) have been dating for a while and now it’s time for Chris to meet Rose’s parents. The upcoming encounter fills Chris with dread, not only because it’s always a little terrifying to meet your in-laws, but also because Chris is black, Rose and her family are white and Rose never had a black boyfriend before. Chris steels himself for casual racism, but when he and Rose get there, something more than that seems off.
I had been looking forward to Get Out for quite a while and my expectations were really very high. When a film comes with that many accolades, it’s rare that it actually manages to live up to them. But I’m very happy to say that Get Out definitely does.
Get Out was really fantastic. Tense and well-made, it works very well as a horror film, but has also a serious political core that invites further dissemination and thought. In short, the central allegory of the film works both at face value and when you look at its depths. That’s extremely rare, and it’s very welcome.
So Get Out managed to scare the shit out of me, while also hitting me straight in the emotional core and engaging my brain as it make succinct statements about racism and racial relations between black and white people in the USA (and for once not in a historical setting, but in a current one).
The cast is also simply fantastic. Especially Kaluuya (who stuck with me since that one Black Mirror episode he’s in and who’ll hopefully have his real breakthrough now) who carries the movie with ease on his shoulders. But also Stanfield stood out to me, despite his small role (though his prettiness may have something to do with that), as well as Gabriel who both bring an emotional depth to their short appearances that is pretty astounding.
The only flaw in the film, for me, was the scene with the deer in the beginning. I feel like I have seen that particular scene a few times in films now, always to establish a tense atmosphere. It works, but by now it’s a little too derivative. But other than this tiny complaint, there is really nothing that doesn’t work about the film and nothing that I didn’t love.