Get Out, the concept has been done before. Inter-racial relationship; black man with a white woman. You can pretty much guess the story line from there…or can you? Daniel Kaluuya plays a young black man (Chris) who goes home with his white girlfriend played by Allison Williams. Jordan Peele who is the one half of well known comedians “Key and Peele” wrote and directed this film. Although there are definitely some comedic undertones, Peele writes this film as a Horror.
Get Out is about racism but not put to the screen in a manner you would automatically think of. The director doesn’t talk about slavery or the typical topics usually discussed in racism conversations. Instead, he finds a way to make the audience get that ‘gut’ feeling of uneasiness regarding the highly sensitive topic by making you think about the deeper and bigger picture.
After dating for five months, Chris (Kaluuya) and Rose (Williams) are headed to stay with her aggressive and strange white parents. Rose’s father Dean (Bradley Whitford) is a neurosurgeon and mother Missy (Catherine Keener) is a therapist who uses hypnosis with her clients. Chris is a tad bit hesitant about meeting Rose’s parents since she hasn’t told them yet that he’s a black man. She assures him that they will be very welcoming, although warns they are a little strange.
Once Chris and Rose arrive at the parents’ house, things start to unfold quite friendly and naturally. Chris however, starts to notice subtle little clues as that alert him things are not quite as they seem. Both the grounds keeper and the maid are black and acting very peculiar. They act almost robotic. During a conversation Rose’s mom asks Chris if he smokes then offers to hypnotize him to help cure his nasty addiction. Chris declines but Rose later finds a way to put him under, so to speak.
While watching this film I couldn’t help but think of the old classic Rosemary’s Baby, as it seems to point to the feeling women get of having another being in your body during pregnancy. I immediately sensed a bit of the Stepford Wives. The characters in the film had that robotic smile thing going on. A dead give away however that perhaps they have been hypnotized? I’m not going to give away the ending or more details. This is a must see film. Jordan Peele does a fantastic job at getting his point across in a scary but slightly comedic way. I’d definitely give it 4 out of 5 coffee cups!