Synopsis: Chris (Daniel Kalyuuya), travels with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents in suburbia. Uneasy about the difference of race between himself and his White girlfriend, he presents the possibility of uneasiness during his stay with Rose before their departure. As expected, Chris discovers that Rose’s liberal parents are definitely off put by her Black boyfriend. He also begins to realize that the all Black staff of the house are acting very strangely. As the movie continues, the situation escalates in absurdity from strange encounters to hypnotism.
Review: A horror movie based on racism? Seems appropriate. Receiving an acclaimed 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, “Get Out” is a must see for 2017.Jordan Peele, the director most recognizable for his role in the Comedy series “Key and Peele”, is the first Black director to make $100 million on his debut film. Sites like the Washington Post are saying he “made movie history” and also noted that films embracing ethnicity are making headway. However, “Get Out” is one of the top grossing movies of the year.
Perhaps the success of the movie can be partly attributed to the mix in genres. Most often when movies are based on racism or ethnicity it is typically a drama meant to be inspiring and eye opening. However, this film presents the terrifying reality of racist extremes.
Although very serious and scary at times, the tension in the film is equally balanced with humor. Unlike other horror movies that are broken up with sexuality and nudity, the director’s comedic roots shine through with the hilarious dynamic between Chris and his friend, Rod (Lil Rel Howery). Since both are of the same race, they are able to talk and laugh about the common struggle of racism they are faced with on a daily basis. Even in the midst of crisis, Rod provides much needed comic relief.
There was a very apparent theme of racism throughout the film displayed by Rose’s family as well as others from the predominantly White area. However, there were other more subtle absurdities. For instance, there is a scene which features a family member eating brightly colored cereal dry and then chasing it down with a glass of milk, keeping the color separate from the white. The movie also opens with the song “Run Rabbit Run” a song released in 1939, embracing the clash between modern times and outdated thinking. It adds to the eeriness to the film with a Rob Zombie-esque feel.
Although there is a strong theme of racism, the movie takes an unexpected turn in the end, breaking any stereotypical expectations the viewer had before. One question that the viewer may be left with is “why?” This is without a doubt a re-watch and will keep audiences talking.