Film Review: Get Out

Yesterday evening I went to theatres to see the film Get Out with a couple of friends. I did a little bit of research regarding the film and what exactly the plot was prior to viewing it, and in doing so I learned that it has received tremendous reviews, therefore I was looking forward to seeing it in hopes of it living up to its reputation.

Pardon my language, but holy shit, the film did not disappoint.

I love horror and thriller films. I never used to be a fan of them, but within the fast couple of years I have taken a strong liking to them, and they are definitely my preferred film category. Get Out is categorized as a thriller/horror, however I would argue that it is more of a thriller than a horror, and for good reason.

I do not wish to spoil the plot, so I will keep my summation as bland as possible. The film depicts an interracial couple, Chris and Rose, and their weekend stay at Rose’s parents home. Chris is reluctant to visit with rose’s family considering she informs him that she has never brought a black partner home to meet them, and it becomes apparent that his reluctance is not an overreaction. Chris quickly comes to the realization that there is something very wrong occurring in the town in which Rose’s parents reside, and the film portrays his attempt to grasp who his girlfriend and her family truly are.

I imagine this film may be considered to be controversial due to its blatant depiction of racism towards black persons, however I think the message the movie sends is significant and important, especially in contemporary society. There is a scene that depicts an encounter between Chris and a police officer that particularly illustrates the prevalence of racism between black and white individuals, and I think the release of this film is in good timing considering all of the racial conflicts arising due to the recent presidential election.

Get Out is written, co-produced and directed by Jordan Peele, and considering it is his debut directorial film I believe Peele has a promising career ahead of him. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, Allison Williams plays Rose, Bradley Whitford plays Rose’s father, Catherine Keener plays Rose’s mother and Caleb Landry Jones plays Rose’s brother. All of these individuals are excellent in their acting, and I strongly encourage all persons, horror fans or not, to see this movie.

 

 

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