Get Out (2017)

There’s a good reason why people are anxious about “meeting the parents”

Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya (Chatroom, Sicario) and Rose, played by Allison Williams (Past Forward, The Perfection) are an interracial couple. Chris is anxious about meeting Rose’s family as he is aware of the reaction that many people have to black people. Convinced that all will be ok, Chris relents and goes to meet the family of his girlfriend. He discovers that Rose’s father Dean is a neurosurgeon and her mother, Missy is a hypnotherapist; however, during dinner, the parents make offhanded racist comments about black people.

Chris begins to notice strange behavior from the only other black people in the household, gardener Walter and the housekeeper, Georgina.

Due to his unease about his surroundings, Chris is unable to sleep and is convinced to undergo hypnotherapy to cure his smoking addiction. A confused Chris awakens to believe that it was part of a dream but cured of his addiction.

Meanwhile, his phone is unplugged by the housekeeper and the battery drains. At an evening dinner party, Chris is complimented on his physique as the wealthy and white party guests discuss their admiration for the physical characteristics of black people. As Chris reaches out to a friend for help the atmosphere becomes sinister and Christ attempts to convince Rose that they must leave, unknown that Dean is holding an auction with Chris, seemingly the prize.

Get Out is an uncomfortable viewing experience where the ominous atmosphere builds until the horrifying intentions towards Chris are revealed. The direction by Jordan Peele (Wanderlust, Keanu) keeps the film barreling along from discomfort to outright terror as events unfold and the true goal of the Armitage family is revealed. The gripping story along with the visceral performance from the cast ensures that the viewer remains invested in the film from start to unbelievable and adrenaline filled conclusion and it is revealed how involved seemingly innocent people are and what lurks behind the face of wealth and decency.

The themes in the film exploit the hubris and sensationalism of white ignorance toward black people and their envy over perceived physical characteristics which they feel give the black characters in the story additional advantages. While these themes may be uncomfortable viewing for some the way that these themes are manipulated through the narrative is done almost with artistic reverence and will ensure that this film stays in the mind of the viewer. If they can calm themselves from the sheer terror of course.