Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” – A Review

I'm going to try my best not to spoil this movie for you. So, here it goes.

If you ever watched MadTV or Key & Peele, you know about Jordan Peele and his comedic chops, but you may also have noticed that he's a horror film fanatic as shown in the "Make a Wish", "Baby Forest", and the "Continental Breakfast" skits on Key & Peele. All of those sketches hint at Peele's appreciation for horror.

So when I found out that he was working on a horror movie, to be honest, I didn't think much of it at first. Especially when I read the synopsis (courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes):

"Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined." 

It's a common situation most couples go through, but with a little more anxiety because the couple's interracial. "Nothing crazy worth watching here", I thought.

However, since I'm a big Key & Peele fan, I pushed through my initial skepticism and checked out the trailer three months before the movie was released. This is something I never do because I don't like hyping myself up for a movie, waiting for months (even years) and then being disappointed after seeing it. But after watching the Get Out trailer, I was all the way hyped up. Check it out:
 

 

I saw the movie last Friday with The W, and I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint. At one point, I was actually sitting at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen.

 

THE STORY

Chris Washington (played by Daniel Kaluuya, Black Mirror) and Rose Armitage (played by Allison Williams, Girls) have reached a milestone in their 4-month relationship: It's time for Chris to meet Rose's parents. Putting his anxiety about the prejudice her parents may display to the side, Chris agrees to spend an entire weekend at Rose's parents' house in Upstate New York. 

Once he's there, Chris begins to notice peculiar things like the weird housekeeper and the creepy groundskeeper who are both African-American. Something's just off about them and they don't seem to behave like regular black people. 

Furthermore, he senses a polite hostility from everyone in the house excluding Rose. He feels that he may be reading into too many of the things he's seen, so he tries his best to brush it off or chalk it up to a hyperactive imagination.

 

The movie gets interesting when Chris steps out for a cigarette and runs into Rose's mother, Missy (played by Catherine Kenner, 40-Year-Old Virgin), a psychiatrist who claims to be able to get rid of Chris's smoking addiction through hypnosis. Despite his resistance to the hypnosis, Chris ends up falling victim to Missy's methods.

Shortly after the session with Rose's mother, the Armitage family hosts a garden party where Chris is introduced to everyone in the community. Things get really weird when Chris notices a black man from his neighborhood at the party. The strange part is that the man was reported missing, so Chris tries to take a picture of the man to send it to his friend Rod (played by Lil Rel Howery, The Carmichael Show), but upon seeing the flash, the man snaps and frantically rushes Chris, telling him to get away.

The movie only gets crazier and darker from that major red flag.

Here are the movie's highlights.

 

SIMPLE HORROR

The beauty of this movie is that it takes a simple, common relationship situation and turns it into your worst nightmare. Put the fact that the couple's interracial on the back-burner for a second, and imagine that your partner's parents are psychotic and do messed up shit to people for fucked up reasons. In this hypothetical, you already felt some type of way about meeting them in the first place because you expect them to dislike you, but they don't just dislike you, they want to fuck you up using hypnosis and God knows what.

I think everyone can relate to that situation on some level, which is why it's so dope. It's not that far a stretch of the imagination to put yourself in the main character's shoes. If you're black, you'll leave the theater thinking this shit's going to happen to you next week.

Real talk, if you're black, you won't look at white people the same for a little while. 

 

UNPREDICTABILITY

Our minds like to jump to conclusions before we even know what's really going on. This movie makes you believe that something specific is going on and it makes you create a fictional "Good Guys vs. Bad Guys" list. As you watch, a lot of people you thought belonged on one list end up switching at the very last minute.

It's pretty crazy. 

Also, the movie goes into a sci-fi realm that is unexpected, but still plausible.

 

HORROR + HUMOUR = SUCCESS?

I think that my brother, me and the entire audience laughed a lot more than we were supposed to in this movie. The movie isn't a joke, but there are some pretty funny moments in it.

Chris's friend Rod delivers some of the funniest lines/moments of the movie. At some points, he says and does exactly what the audience is thinking or would do in a similar situation, which is kind of cool.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a pretty dope movie. I was invested in it … I don't think I was invested in a movie this much since … Argo.

It's not Freddy Kruger or Jason scary, though.

It's more like The Shining where the worst-case scenario of an everyday situation becomes a straight nightmare. I think that makes it even scarier because it makes you feel like it could happen to you. Being abducted can happen to anyone, which is why it's such a terrifying thing.

I highly recommend you see this movie.

 

A WORD ON THE "ANTI-WHITE" CRITICISM

Some people have been calling this movie anti-white because white people are the bad guys.

Quick question: Aren't white people the bad guys in most movies, though? I think people are just mad that a white guy isn't the hero.

Furthermore, the reason why the Armitage family was white and not black is because there is no way that a black family in America would get away something like that. I don't want to get too deep into it because it would spoil the movie, but I will say that white people get the benefit of the doubt, and that's the subtext for some of the evil that plays out in the movie. 

The film could have also worked if the main character was white. The overall premise of the film would have still made sense, but since the filmmaker is black and he tried to relate bits of his own experience, this is the results we get.
 

written by Joe Renegade

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