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“Get Out”: Film Review

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If you haven’t seen Get Out, what are you waiting for? This perfectly written horrific/comedic film from first time director Jordan Peele keeps us at the edge of our seats the entire time. Get Out is a summary of what racism looks like in today’s generation. It impeccably ties in our society’s views on black people and how we more than often value their culture/bodies more than we value them as human beings.

This film starts off with Chris Washington (portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (portrayed by Allison Williams from Girls) getting ready to take off for the weekend to her parent’s house so that she can introduce him to her mother and father. Stereotypically, there is an abundance of tension when couples in interracial relationships finally meet the parents. Especially in white and black relationships when we think about the history of whites and blacks dating back to the pre-slavery era. In the beginning scene, Chris touches on the subject of Rose telling her parents of his race. Rose quickly states that her parents do not care and that the worst that will happen is her dad spewing corny dad jokes to Chris the whole weekend.

“My dad would have voted for Obama for a third term if he could.” - Rose

From the beginning of the film, Peele provides clues to the screwed up reality that the Armitage’s live in. From the overly robotic seeming housekeepers to the one black guy Chris runs into at the family party, there is something off about the black people he has encountered. Not to mention, Rose’s brother showcases his overly active craving to put Chris into a headlock and “play wrestle” with him at the dinner table. Attempting to quit smoking, Chris sneaks out in the middle of the night to have a smoke and what he experienced was more than what he bargained for. Walking back into the house Rose’s mother Missy (portrayed by Catherine Keener) lures Chris into the living room and purposely hypnotizes him into talking about his deceased mother.

After the hypnosis, a series of eerie events follow each other such as the cellphone charger, the picture flash, fist pound gone wrong, and guests questioning his African American experience. Chris wants to go home and Rose agrees, but what Chris fails to realize is that the family’s plot to capture him is greater than his goal to escape.

The use of satire in this film to expose racism is done in an extremely conveying way that stuns us when we realize that Peele is an amateur director. This film is a fresh perspective on horror movies as Get Out was far from predictable and unexpectedly comedic. Cultural experiences are taken to a new level in this film that we are able to see both sides of the spectrum when it comes to race issues. Get Out lets the audience witness real life horror that black people face everyday of their lives involving mistrust, angst, and anxiety. Get Out is the kind of film that you watch the second time to fully understand all of the clues that were planted throughout the film to capture it’s terrifying truth.

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Get Out is a 10/10.