The casting is perfect. Kaluuya is fantastic as Chris, a character whose situations, emotions, and reactions as the-only-black-person-in-a-room-full-of-white-people are all too relatable. As his romantic counterpart, Williams is very convincing as the seemingly well-intentioned but naive young liberal white woman who’s frustrated with her family’s microaggressive behavior towards her black boyfriend. Keener and Whitford are perfect as her attempt-to-appear-enlightened suburban parents with their liberal white elite brand of racism. Both actors are extremely gifted at portraying the secretly creepy, characters who you feel uncomfortable with despite their sinister intentions being masked by pleasant, smiling facades. And Lil Rel Howery perfectly rounds the cast out as Chris’ TSA friend Rod providing much needed comic relief during some very intense moments and an unusual voice of reason.
“Get Out” flips a lot of Hollywood and horror film tropes, as well as real life racial ones, on their heads. It puts the reality of black anxiety at its center, from the opening scene of a black man (Keith Stanfield) walking alone through white suburbia to scenes with the arrival of a police car all marking danger and impending doom for its black characters. The real and relevant risks displayed in these scenes- alluding to situations we’re all too familiar with (the case of Trayvon Martin, police brutality, and mistreatment of black people/victims)- showcase the everyday horrors black people have to contend with, making the new and unexpected horrors introduced in the film even more terrifying because of how real the threat seems to be.
In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele truly displays his depth of talent. A racial satire and profound social critique, “Get Out” is hilarious, terrifying, and all too real!
5 out of 5
What would I have changed? (Spoilers)
I thought the film was great but, with the extent of the racial and social commentary throughout, it seems like there could have been more to the end which seems to mostly be wrapped up in the thriller aspect and, despite the gore, a little too neat of an ending. But it's still pretty satisfying.
|Liz (Contributor) is an ardent cinephile from West Philadelphia. She enjoys all genres and generations of cinema and has a particular love for independent and foreign films|