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Get Out : The Review
Get Out Review
It’s always a daunting task when you “meet the folks” for the first time. But Chris finds out that it can be more perilous than he initially thought as his weekend away with his new Girlfirend Rose at her parents house turns into something a bit more sinister.
Director Jordan Peele tackles some challenging subjects with a horror twist along with racial undertones being thrust into the forefront of the big screen.
Chris played by Daniel Kaluuya and his girlfriend Rose actress Alison Williams of “Girls, prepare to go home to meet her parents. Rose hasn’t told them he’s black, which she blows off as no big deal, but he’s wary. His TSA Agent buddy (a hysterical LilRel Howery) warns him against going too, but Chris is falling in love with Rose. He’ll have to meet them eventually. And Rose swears her dad would have voted for Obama a third time if he could have.
“Get Out” is a slow burner of a film for its first half as Peele piles up the clues that something is wrong. Or could Chris just be overreacting to everyday racial tension? Peele’s greatest gift here is in the way he walks that fine line, staging exchanges that happen all the time but punctuating them with a greater degree of menace.
Then the finale which has a very interesting twist and takes the movie to a place you probably didn’t think it would. This is definitely a film of 2 halves.
While Get Out is in no doubt that racists are the real enemy, it should make white audiences squirm at least a little, asking questions about whether an overeagerness to demonstrate their own comfort with multiculturalism is more alienating than it is inclusive. You know those i always cheer for Serena comments or my best friends black statements. Being thoughtful the film provokes, as a genre film it’s winningly tense, and as a debut it’s about as assured, well-judged and original as you’re likely to see all year.
Check it out in all good cinemas now