Get Out is produced by Blumhouse Productions. It is written and directed by Jordan Peele, and is also his directorial debut. The cast consists of Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Allison Williams as Rose, Bradley Whitford as Dean, Catherine Keener as Missy, Caleb Landry Jones as Jeremy, and Lil Rel Howry as Ron.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Like I mentioned before, this is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, and it’s incredible how great of a job he did given this is his first film. The way Jordan Peele is able to get certain messages across throughout this film is amazing. Everyone in the cast shines, and delivers fantastic performances that keep you glued to the screen the entire time. Get Out is not just another horror film. It is a horror film with a statement about racism, and it does an amazing job showing the horrifying affect racism has on our society, and the horrifying struggle black people have to go through everyday no matter what. It’s literally jaw dropping, and outstanding how close to reality this film is to our society today. Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris is feeling rightfully nervous because his girlfriend’s parents aren’t aware he’s black, and that right there is something black people face all the time. The idea that we may never be fully accepted just due to the color of our skin, and the fact that we are always on alert not because we want to be, but because we have no choice but to be with how dangerous the world is for us just because we look different. Unfortunately, that’s the reality we all live in, and have been living for decades. And that’s pretty much what Chris fears as he is getting ready to meet Rose’s parents. He fears for his life, and he has a right to be afraid.
When we’re eventually introduced by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener’s characters Dean and Missy Armitage, Rose’s parents, things already start to get weird. When Dean asks Rose and Chris how long has their relationship been going on, right from there I could feel the mood change. It’s not too obvious, but you can immediately tell that Rose’s parents are more than what they lead on. Especially once Dean decides to give Chris a tour of the house as he goes into detail about his father Roman Armitage who was a track athlete that lost in the 1936 Olympics to an african american man named Jesse Owens. It’s not until much later on in the film is it revealed that Roman grew jealous of Jesse, and chose to begin an experiment that transplants white people’s brains into the bodies of young African Americans. Roman would then pass down this practice to Dean and his family, and what we notice later on is that, Chris was being treated like a tool, and being auctioned off the entire time without realizing it. Even the audience doesn’t realize this until around the second to third act of the film. It’s terrifying, because the whole time Rose, Chris’s girlfriend was just using him to sell him off, and it’s not something we notice at all due to her sweet personality we’re introduced to fairly early on in the movie. This is due to an amazing performance done by Allison Williams. It’s like I said before, this cast is incredible, and almost every action made by a character is done for a reason and holds a deeper meaning even after watching it a second time.
Daniel Kaluuya also gives an outstanding performance and one of the scenes he shines best in is when he’s having a one on one interaction with Rose’s mother Missy played by Catherine Keener. Missy performs an act of hypnotism on Chris by getting him to talk about the tragic passing of his mother, and it’s from here that things start to get crazy, because at this moment Chris is barely in control of his movements. He’s reliving his entire nightmare as a child not being able to help his mother, and is then dropped into the Sunken Place. The Sunken Place being a hallucination that traps the person who’s under hypnosis into a black void that is inescapable. It’s a scene that is wonderfully acted between Catherine Keener and Daniel Kaluuya, and is most definitely one of the best but also one of the most terrifying scenes in the whole movie. Daniel Kaluuya is fantastic, and does an amazing job of giving you a performance that makes you genuinely fear for him as if you’re in the moment with him. And once again, we have to thank Jordan Peele for doing an amazing job directing that scene as well.
Eventually Chris does manage to escape and is saved by his best friend Rod Williams played by Lil Rel Howery. Lil Rel Howery is mainly the comedic relief of the film, but also comes off as the paranoid friend that fears for chris as he’s meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. And as the film goes on, we begin to notice Rod was right to be paranoid. In a lot of ways, Rod is the hero of the story. Not just because he tries to warn Chris ahead of time that something isn’t right, but also because he goes out of his way to track down Chris and eventually save him right at the time Chris needed him most. It’s honestly a relief and he brings a light-hearted atmosphere which is definitely needed given the dark mood the film has majority of the time. Lil Rel Howery is great in the role he’s in, and I can’t wait to see him in more projects in the future.
Overall, Get Out is a horror masterpiece. It doesn’t waste anytime introducing you to the characters while also getting you invested into the story. It’s actually insane that this was Jordan Peele’s first movie, and I’m just proud to have experienced this film in theaters. Jordan Peele’s next film is Us, which is also once again produced by Blumhouse, and it will also be another horror-thriller film much like Get Out.
I can not wait to see what Jordan Peele pulls off with that movie, and I will be there day one! Hopefully you all enjoyed this article, and let us know what you thought of the film by sending us a message on Facebook or Twitter @Earth2ComicCast. Have a great day!