As Black History Month comes to a close for the year, America is given a film that not only gives us some wonderful entertainment and its topic is dealing with the struggle of oppression against African-Americans and people of color. Get Out brings out the stereotypes and racism faced with black people and the complex reactions to interracial dating with a suspenseful twist. It may even make black men think twice about dating a white woman.
Jorden Peele, who is known for his role in the sketch comedy show “Key & Peele”, took a stab at giving us scares but still providing a bit of comedy with smart script. This story is about Chris Washington played by Daniel Kayuula (Sicario, Kick-Ass 2) a black man who has agreed to spend the weekend at his girlfriend Allison’s parents house in the country. Allison just happens to be a white and Chris is a little hesitant to meet them because this is the first time she has brought a black man home to meet them. Once there he notices a lot of obvious awkwardness and underlined racism but that something isn’t right with this family and the people who work for them.
Get Out is a wonderful movie that grabs your attention right from the start. Combined with great acting from our stars you immediately are invested in who they are and what happens to them. What is so great about this film is that you feel the tension between the characters it makes you feel uneasy to watch but also keeps it very real with the interactions between black and white people. Everyone in the film plays a part in establishing what I am sure everyone thinks but no one is saying. Including Chris’s friend Rod (LilRel Howery The Carmichael Show) as the voice of reason who says what is on his mind, Bradley Whitford, as the old school self-righteous father. The clichés you are used to seeing in a thriller are missing and instead gives you chilling thrills in a way that I am sure anyone in real life would react if they were in those situations.
This is a great film showing smart characters making smart decision and manages to still keep it pretty suspenseful.
The scares are genuine scares. You will jump once or twice through the film because these characters our lead encounter are just too creepy not to be effected by. What also makes this unsettling and suspenseful is that the protagonist Chris knows something is going on. In his gut he knows that he shouldn’t just get out but Get the F&%$ OUT of there. Since our society is use to so much ignorance and confusion between the races, being polite is usually how it’s handled and he brushes it off deciding not to take action when he should, causing him to go in deeper than he should have.
As the film comes to the terrifying third act and everything is explained, you will be completely satisfied with the way things have turned out and almost cheering in your seats at the outcome. Even with as much comedy or scenes that could make you laugh, the film manages to keep you in a state of fear because you have no idea what’s coming. What makes this film so different from other thrillers ive seen is that it does hit a little close to home. The problem facing our world today with our cultural differences plays a key component that makes this movie so good. I recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a crazy and fun movie. Get Out is not just for black people either in case you were thinking it. Even if you are not a horror fan, you can still get something out of this movie. This film appeals to everyone.
I am happy to have the opportunity to see this movie and I believe you will approve what Jordan Peele has done with his script and direction. A great time to showcase what is impacting our world today. Even a horror movie can sometimes strike a conversation and maybe change the way we see one another and try not to fear what we don’t understand. Hopefully we can close out Black History Month with some wins for Moonlight at the Oscars on Sunday.
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