It doesn't mean get out of the theater
Get Out is a 2017 horror film directed and written by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.
Chris Washington (Kaluuya) is a normal black man who is dating white college student, Rose Armitage (Williams). The two have been dating for 5 months and get ready to spend the weekend visiting Rose's family. Chris is cautious because Rose has never told her family that he is black. When they arrive, Rose's parents are very friendly and welcoming to Chris. Everything seems fine, but Chris notices that the family has a groundskeeper and house maid who are both black. Both the groundskeeper and maid display unusual behavior, and Chris slowly begins to realize that something is quite amiss with Rose's family.
Horror and comedy are quite similar nowadays, because both genres heavily suffocate from trite cliches and an inability to do what both genres are intended to do. For horror, that's to scare you. For comedy, that's to make you laugh. When the two are intermixed, the results can be interesting.
Jordan Peele, one half of the comedic Key & Peele duo, has developed a strong reputation for comedy, so it might seem slightly out of left field for him to both direct and write a horror story. On the flipside, the trailers for Get Out don't even remotely hint at the fact that this movie is also comedic and satirical. I was one that eye-rolled at the trailers and prematurely dismissed the film as more disposable, cash-grab, horror rubbish. But if you can get past the judge-a-film-by-its-cover stage, you will learn that Get Out is quite frightening and also features a healthy dose of humor. Keep peeling off the layers, and you will learn further that the movie is also a commentary on racism and oppression. It's social commentary that is all too relevant today.
- The story and its thematic elements. The first half hour or so of Get Out involves getting a feel for our characters and trying to take an educated guess on what scary outcomes are on the way. The opening scene sees a black man walking down a calm suburb sidewalk one night, until he is followed by a car and then attacked by the driver. It's an instant realization that foul play is at work somewhere. As Chris and Rose are driving to Rose's parents house, a deer crashes into their car. Chris goes into the woods and finds the injured deer bloodied and dying. To Chris, and to us as an audience, it's an ominous warning of danger and to tell us that more trouble is coming. Once you put all of the pieces together, the realization of what's happening and why wallops you like a mallet.
- While it might not mean much in the long run, Chris takes a little too long to act upon his suspicions. Chris meets Rose's parents, the groundskeeper and maid, as well as the other guests at the family's get-together, but brushes off their awkward behavior by just saying, "nah it's cool bro" or something else similar. He has far too many encounters until he is fully convinced that something is wrong. Anyone in his situation would probably start showing extra caution after 1 or 2 such freaky interactions.
Jordan Peele has cleverly and humorously devised a scare story with an underlying social commentary that is all too pertinent in 2017. That 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (for now anyway) is totally justified. Golden horror films like this one are few and far in between, so do what you can to see it in theaters, particularly with some friends.
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