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Review: Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya stars in Universal Pictures' GET OUT

There are several different ways something like race comes into play in life. Even with that being the case, a significant chunk of us tend to either want to avoid even mentioning the subject or speaking on it in a way that makes it more comfortable to look at. With Get Out, Jordan Peele uses his opportunity to focus on many of those matters in his own way. For this, his feature film debut as director is a feat itself, but it’s wildly premise and sometimes approach turns this affair into something that will have viewers talking, engaged and maybe even thinking a bit afterward.

We’re introduced to Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), a young couple who are at a point in their relationship where meeting the parents is expected. With the two being of different racial backgrounds, Chris isn’t completely thrilled about meeting Rose’s family yet, but he’s willing to do so in the name of love. Once they get to the family home in Upstate New York, the young man tries to settle in, but begins to realize that his suspicions were more correct than he could have ever imagined.

Throughout Get Out, social commentary is found coming from every direction imaginable. That’s normal in today’s Hollywood, but it’s different in this instance primarily due to Jordan Peele’s apparent lack of interest in preaching to the masses. When you watch this for yourself, you’ll discover that he isn’t necessarily trying to let us know about his thoughts and beliefs from a perspective of morality. What he chooses to do instead is speak on how things actually are by putting our protagonist through a series of situations that aren’t really spoken about in public.

A great deal of it is definitely funny, but just about all of it is authentic at its core even though it’s clear fiction. The goal of the filmmaker here is to put the spotlight on the thoughts and practices of the Armitage family and their various house guests while Chris visits the family home of his girlfriend. While the hero’s figuring things out, we’re learning more and more about everything the film has to offer as well as seeing things that many of us have experienced in real life to some degree.

Because of what it contains and how it’s set up, Get Out is a simple film in the sense that it only features aspects of life that actually take place. As an African-American, you do run into situations that are being put on display here. In order to accomplish that, using the setting it uses and creating an unbelievable plot allows for all of these true to life experiences to take place in such a small period of time. This approach also give the movie a chance to make more sense of all of the happenings as well.

Based on the obvious amounts of thought shown by Peele and how descriptive much of what being offered is, assuming that most of this came from a personal place is by no means a stretch. Taking his abilities as a comedian/entertainer combines with that to make a picture that is insane, thrilling, funny and captivating. That doesn’t happen too often in the film world these days.

Although you can’t really call this a comedy, there are also plenty of instances where it’s hard not to laugh unless there’s a chance you’re the type who wants to evade the kinds of subjects that are being spoken about. Whether it stems from the number stereotypes put on the main character by the people surrounding him or some of the unrealistic scenarios that are found here, there are plenty of details that are comedic, necessary and fitting with all that’s being showcased.

As far as judging based purely on its cinematic qualities, Get Out is a movie that’s well done and sure to get reactions from its audience. This is also a picture that’s based on a more modern black experience. To a large degree, it’s much safer to look at things with slavery or the civil rights movement at the center of them since we’re so far removed from those periods of time in many ways. And although it’s definitely made with today in mind, all ages will be able to relate to this film that should be appreciated for being as bold and honest as it is.

Rating: R

Director: Jordan Peele

Daniel Kaluuya
Allison Williams
Catherine Keener
Bradley Whitford
Caleb Landry Jones
Lil Rel Howery
Erika Alexander
Lakeith Stanfield
Betty Gabriel
Marcus Henderson
Stephen Root

Film Length: 103 minutes

Release Date: February 24, 2017

Distributor: Universal Pictures

  • Score - 8/10
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