From the moment “Get Out” started rolling, audience members knew they were in for a thriller they have never seen before. The movie gives viewers a new take on racial profiling and how one race portrays another, while giving jump scares and incorporating subtle racial stereotypes throughout the film.
The opening scene quickly took a dark turn in a quiet suburbia-like neighborhood when an African American man is seen trying to avoid a suspicious car, and ultimately fails and is taken. But this is just the beginning.
The story takes protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) on an excursion to meet with Rose’s parents for the first time. To Chris’s surprise, her parents present themselves as warm and kind, despite the fact that him being black was a surprise to them. Her father tries to play up the situation by using terms “my man” and claiming he would have voted Obama a third term if he could.
When things begin to go south involving the family’s help, an all black staff, Chris becomes uneasy. It isn’t until after the family’s traditional party that he decides to tell Rose he wishes to leave. The movies comic relief and Chris’s best friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery), plays a crucial role during these frantic scenes where he assures Chris he should never go to a white girl’s parent’s house. The plot thickens when Chris’s phone dies just as he tells Rob he’s had enough and is coming home, but is he?
Without giving the entirety of the plot away, the movie is far more special than what the previews made it out to be. With the world in the shape that it is in, this is just what America needed to, as the kids are saying, stay woke. Director Jordan Peele did in fact wake up America simply with tea, bingo and satire.
“Get Out” is not just about going to meet the parents for the first time but a black man living in a white man’s world. As time goes on, the clues become less subtle and the true message of the movie unfolds. From the father’s hate for deer, to the family arriving to the party in all black cars, this thriller keeps the audience reeled in on what each piece of the puzzle means and how they all fit together.
All in all, the movie is a must watch. As someone who has seen every horror and thriller movie under the sun, this is a new favorite for me. Well deserving of the 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie itself features slight gore, but not enough to keep you from it. The comic relief and fresh idea keeps it light while the underlying message keeps it dark. Even if you are not a horror fan, this thought provoking film is something you don’t want to miss.
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