First official post of the newly minted blog! Who’s excited??!?!?! … Just me then. OK, well here goes:
Also, spoilers below!!!!!
Get Out is the directorial debut film by Jordan Peele, who is best known for being one-half of the comedy duo Key & Peele. The film came out in February of 2017 to much critical praise. I’m a big fan of movie reviews both from experts and moviegoers alike, so when I saw the 100% rating, at the time, I figured why not.
I watched the trailer, and I was insanely intrigued! It was a thriller! One of my favorites! Anyway, in the trailer, it shows a white girl, Rose, and her black boyfriend, Chris, going out to visit Rose’s family in some rich, suburban neighborhood. The trailer pretty much screams that the movie is going to be about race, especially when Chris points out the fact that he’s black and dating a white girl.
I didn’t see the movie until about mid-March when the movie had been in theaters for a while. But I went to a midday showing, mostly because there are fewer people in the actual theater, so less talking. I got a large popcorn with white cheddar cheese and a medium sprite. (Not the large or I’d have to run out to the bathroom halfway through the movie.) The theater dimmed, and the movie started.
Chris is played by Daniel Kaluuya, a guy I recognized from a reality show episode of Black Mirror. While on the trip out to her family’s house, Rose, played by Allison Williams, hits a deer. This leads to an uncomfortably racial encounter with a cop. Thus begins the first foray in cringey encounters.
Once they arrive at the house, Rose’s family tries too hard to welcome Chris by being overtly comfortable with his blackness, like her brother commenting on his physique or her father stating he would’ve voted for Obama for a third term. They also have two black people employed, a gardener and a maid. We also learn that her father is a neurosurgeon and her mom is a hypnotist under the guise of helping him quit smoking. HUGE FUCKING RED FLAG!!!!
Later that day, Rose’s family prepares for a large party/barbecue for all their friends, all their white friends. Again, Chris ends up in a situation where people make racially uncomfortable comments about how much they like black people to Chris. He disappears to call his friend Rod, a comedic character who works at TSA. After, he ends up meeting another black man, which leads to a startling fiasco. Chris recognizes the guy, and takes a picture, the flash of which causes the man to freak out and scream at Chris to “Get Out!” Chris forwards the picture to Rod, who states that that man is someone they know that went missing, along with several other black people.
Chris is made uncomfortable and demands that he and Rose leave. While she is packing, Chris stumbles across a box filled with pictures of the black people working and visiting her family’s house. He does not confront her about this.
During their attempt to leave, Rose and her family reveal themselves as the kidnappers. They capture Chris, mostly due to the mom’s hypnotic techniques, and tie Chris up in their lavish basement.
While in the basement, Chris is strapped to a chair and watches a movie explaining why Rose’s family is behaving so weirdly: they believe black people to be superior physical specimens, so when the members of their community get old or sick, Rose lures a strong, young black person back home under the premise them being her partner to meet her parents, but instead, that person’s brain is removed and replaced with that of one of the community members. That person’s life is then extended, and he or she gets to extend life by living as a black person. The old or sickly person is chosen via an auction for the black person. Creepy, right?
Meanwhile, Rod calls Chris’s phone where Rose picks up and tries to convince Rod that Chris has left. She even tries to seduce him. Rod doesn’t believe or trust her, and he even tried getting the police involved, but he’s on his own. Rod is convinced that the rich, white people are kidnapping young, attractive black people to keep as sex slaves for their weird kinks.
Back to Chris!
Chris manages to escape his captors, even killing a few on the way. Rose grabs a shotgun and attempts to hunt him down. In his attempt to leave, Chris runs over the maid, and he sticks her in the car. While driving away, we learn that she’s actually Rose’s grandma. Grandma makes Chris crash, and the gardener, Rose’s grandfather, attacks him. Chris gets the grandfather out his hypnosis, who then shoots Rose then himself. Chris attempts to strangle Rose, but he’s interrupted by a car with sirens approaching. (Chris called the police earlier which cause him to hit grandma.)
It’s actually ROD TO THE RESCUE!!!!!
Chris is finally safe, and he and Rod drive off into the night.
The movie was insanely amazing! It was well-written and well-shot, and it spoke about the racial tension some ethnic people still experience. For instance, the scene where the cop asks for Chris’s ID even though he wasn’t the one that hit the deer was the scene to introduce the racial struggle to me. Yeah, Chris touched on the fact that he’s dating a white girl at the beginning of the film, but this scene foreshadowed the rest of the film by depicting Chris being comfortable, well not comfortable but more familiar, with certain instances or injustices that white people don’t encounter. A white cop rudely asks to see Chris’s ID, and Rose becomes offended for him because it’s her fault the deer was hit, not his, so she’s wondering why the cop is trying to involve Chris. And then the rest of the film’s racial awkwardness just spirals from there.
The only times that Chris is truly uncomfortable is when he encounters black people that don’t behave or act similarly to him, like when he tries to fist bump someone, and the guys grabs his fist for a handshake instead.
The racial tones did make me uncomfortable, but Jordan Peele did a great job at breaking it up with humor. He used Rod for that. Honestly, Rod was my favorite part. He cracked a bunch of jokes about white people being crazy, yeah, but it helped alleviate that tension. He made it OK for people to laugh and stop squirming about the serious race issues. And the fact that he attributed Chris’s rescue to him being TSA made it all the better.
“I’m TS-motherfucking-A. We handle shit. That’s what we do. Consider this situation fucking handled.”
Daniel Kaluuya did a great job at expressing his discomfort with each of the awkward situations he was in. You could actually read the emotions on his face, especially in his eyes. And then at the end when he started fighting, you could see his exhaustion and his willingness to survive.
Allison Williams, the crazy, white woman, was fantastic. I liked her as Chris’s companion up until she revealed herself to be crazy. Then, I just wanted her dead. I always commend actors for the ability to make me them in their roles, and she was wonderful at being terrible.
Overall, I think Jordan Peele’s Get Out is an outstanding film. It was thrilling and uncomfortable enough that I wanted to see how everything panned out.
10 out 10 from me!