By Emanuel Ortiz
Jordan Peele’s Get Out tackles subtle racism in a unique and different way. Using the acting from its excellent lead, the movie conveys the awkward position of a black man visiting his white girlfriend’s family through the lens of a brilliant horror thriller film.
Get Out tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), an African-American man who after four months of dating decides to go with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to visit her parents Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Chris’s friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) takes care of his dog while he is away. His character also added some much-needed levity throughout the film and I always looked forward to his talks with Chris. For the most part, everyone appears to be nice and accepting despite their stereotypical remarks. Needless to say, Chris quickly begins to suspect something more sinister is occurring behind the scenes. He is introduced to Walter (Marcus Henderson) and Georgina (Betty Gabriel), two African-American workers for the white family. Through their unusual interactions, the audience slowly starts to piece together what is happening. I say the audience because for the most part, Chris is quite unaware of what is happening. He acknowledges something is off but doesn’t know what.
I guess I could say that the predictability of the film was a bit of a bummer. You’re quickly aware of what is happening in the film. That being said, it still grips you. I never found myself bored or waiting for the next scene to add something intriguing to keep me interested. And to be fair, the movie wasn’t entirely predictable. There was still one more reveal that I didn’t see coming and it was incredibly brilliant. There is so much information thrown into this movie that might completely seem irrelevant or is just thrown in to make it appear as though white people are awkward. It’s not. Everything in this movie has a purpose for the overall story and the more I think about it, the more details I’m able to find.
The subtle racism is something that should also be addressed. I’ve seen a despairingly large number of people commenting on the trailer to this movie and even some reviews, with this misconstrued mentality that this film is an attack on white people and if roles were reversed, they would be called racist. This simply isn’t the case. Without spoilers, this movie addresses the awkward stereotyping in a clever way with its reveal in the end. In summary, you need context to the trailer to understand what the movie is trying to do. Without it, we’re looking through a distorted lens ignoring the entire picture.
Back to the film, another weakness I found was the absence of realism in certain moments of the film. I thought, for the most part, the film had a grounded story. There were certain scenes, however, where I felt that the movie was too over the top. It felt noticeably fake and it took me out at times.
Apart from these complaints, I thought the movie was masterfully told. The reveal in this movie elevates the rest of the film because of how many details you can pick up. So much of the detail will go over your head with the first viewing. There is something new to appreciate about the film with each viewing. A plethora of scenes in this movie made it quite memorable for me. There is a scene where Chris talks about his mom and how he reflects on that throughout the film and it has quite an impact. You feel for Chris and his character. Kaluuya did an incredible job in this role portraying the awkwardness and vulnerability that endures in this film. He was by far the stand out. This movie essentially revolves a bunch of characters talking with one another so for it to never be boring is quite the accomplishment.
All in all, Get Out was a bold and thrilling ride from start to finish. It was magnificently well thought out with a plethora of memorable scenes throughout. It was quite original and Daniel Kaluuya did a fantastic job of portraying a character that the audience sympathizes for.