“Just because you’re invited doesn’t mean you’re welcome.”
Get Out is about a guy named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who is in a seemingly happy relationship with a girl named Rose (Allison Williams). During a weekend visit to her parents’ home, Chris uncovers a mysterious plot that ultimately threatens his life.
No one could have predicted how much of a smash hit this film would be with audiences- least of all me! I am not ashamed to say that I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Get Out is scary, funny and most importantly thought-provoking.
The acting is spot-on, especially by Kaluuya (Sicario), who portrays his character in an honest way. Chris is likable and down to earth and he’s someone you root for the minute he’s introduced onscreen. I also liked that by the film’s end he is something of a hero. Kaluuya’s next big project is Marvel’s Black Panther and I’m super excited to see how he fits into the MCU.
As the seemingly supportive girlfriend, Williams (HBO’s Girls) plays her role very convincingly. Rose is the kind of the character an actress can really get lost in because she is so interesting. There is more to her than initially meets the eye. As the movie progresses, we learn a lot about her family history and how it has impacted her for better or worse (mostly worse).
Rose’s parents Dean and Missy are played by Bradley Whitford (The Cabin in the Woods) and Catherine Keener (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) respectively. Both are seasoned actors who bring a lot to the film. While they appear to be loving and supportive parents, they are actually sinister people with warped ambitions.
Not to be left out the conversation is Chris’s BFF Rob, played by comedian Lil Rel Howery (The Carmichael Show). The funniest moments in the film usually find him front and center. When things get really dark and depressing, he pops up and lightens the mood.
In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele (who also penned the screenplay) knocks it out of the park. He crafted something that is terrifying and hilarious and has galvanized audiences everywhere. I appreciate the chances he took in this film and how well he not only envisioned these characters and situations, but also how he brought them to life.
Obviously, there has been a lot of conversation surrounding Get Out about race and rightfully so. It’s not every day that a film like this one comes along and is so entertaining, yet has such a substantial message. Peele definitely hid the medicine in the food with this one.
Within Rose’s particular family, there is a long history of a hidden deep-seated hatred towards people of color. However, on the surface they appear open and inviting to Chris’ presence in their daughter’s life and their home. I’m sure that the film is not attacking all white people everywhere, but it is attacking the normalization of racism and the idea of “nice racism”. It proves that there is no such thing. Furthermore, Peele is firm in his conviction that we don’t live in a post-racial world. We never did. I applaud him for calling the issues out and doing it in an extremely stylish way.
Although it has some heavy material, I guarantee you will laugh along the way. There are some jump scares and gory scenes, which are to be expected. Easter eggs are scattered throughout and identifying them while watching the film is fun in and of itself. Paying attention from the very beginning is crucial in order to comprehend the movie the way it is intended.
Best of all the film ends on a hopeful note. You might be left with a couple of questions (I was), but there is some sense of closure before those credits roll.
Get Out is written and directed by Jordan Peele. It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Marcus Henderson, and LilRel Howery. It is now available on Blu-ray and DVD!
What was your favorite moment in Get Out? Let me know in the comments below!