This weekend I played catch up on some amazing films! And while I’ve already done my review for Logan, it’s time to review one of the best films I’ve seen; Get Out. Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned!
Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele and was one hell of an introduction for him into the cinematic world. I can’t stress enough how amazing this film was, but I’ll do my best. It received an unprecedented 99% on Rotten Tomato, and that just doesn’t happen! (That is if you exclude that idiot critic Armond White who ruins everything).
Get Out is a comedy, horror suspense film that hilariously deconstructs issues of racial prejudices in an over zealous way. I must say, I was so surprised at how much this film made me laugh. It honestly killed me! Chris Washington is portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya (who’s also set to star in the upcoming Black Panther film!). His character hilariously tries to address the obvious racial tension between him and his girlfriends family. When it dawns on her that her parents may be slightly (albeit passively) racist, he just sits there on his laptop muttering “Mmmhmmm” and “I told you so”. She seemed very surprised but he was nothing if not used to other races telling him how much they “loved Barack Obama” and “found Tiger Woods to be the best golfer out there”.
What I loved about the movie was that it took an interesting turn by making the girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, to be working with her family entire time! She was totally a bad guy and we didn’t see it coming. This was perfectly executed with her jumping from frantically searching for the keys to turning into a calm, cool and collected psycho that’s working with her family to steal Chris. I loved the scene near the end when she said Grandma as she watched Chris drive off with the maid he’d felt weird around the entire film, it suddenly clicked for me that the creepy maid and groundskeeper were actually her Grandma and Grandpa that took over the bodies of other unsuspecting victims that Rose lured into her life.
The point of the film was that this family stole black people (as they are now seen as the “superior” strong race that’s “very much in fashion”) in order to place other, older residents of their community in their minds. This was there way of stealing and harnessing black people’s stereotypical attributes for their own sordid purposes. This is a call back to slavery times when slave master would harvest their slaves blood and/or organs in order to become stronger and younger. It was such an interesting twist that didn’t follow the typical outlines of traditional horror films. And I think that’s why it was such a success!
Now let’s talk about the best character in the entire film, Chris’s friend Rod played by Lil Rel Howery. He was the hilarious extra comedic value that said what most people would assume if they were in this situation. And it was honestly such a breath of fresh air! The entire audience was cracking up every time he was on screen. If the film has one flaw, it’s that we don’t see him enough!
Get Out was a risk that clearly paid off, and I wish more directors were given this platform to do so. What I think worked so well was how Get Out begged the question of if Chris was overreacting to everyday racial tension that black people typically face or if there was something more. He walked that fine line carefully and correctly.
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