One of those rare movies released with an intention to stir things up in the mainstream Hollywood cinema― Get Out.
Directed by Jordan Peele, the movie Get Out is a suspense thriller featuring interracial leads― Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington, an African-American photographer and Allison Williams as Rose Armitage, his white girlfriend. This movie is mostly a social-thriller which is backed by subtle yet amusing humour. The title gives an ambiguous hint to the audience: Get Out, as in you’re not welcome here? Or Get Out while you still can? It is safe to say that the audience can surely ‘expect the unexpected’ with a few nail-biting and breath-taking moments.
The movie starts off with Chris and Rose planning a weekend getaway to meet Rose’s parents. Chris is doubtful about meeting Rose’s parents as her “first black boyfriend” but Rose ensures him that her parents are not prejudiced towards other races. Before leaving, Chris calls his close friend Rod (Lilrel Howery), a TSA agent who jokingly says that Chris shouldn’t go to an ‘All Whites’ place.
The Armitage family is very warm and welcoming towards Chris and are unbothered by the fact that their daughter has brought home a black guy. Her father, Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford), is a neurosurgeon who tells Chris that he would’ve voted for Obama for the third time if he could. While her mother Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener) is a psychiatrist and a hypnotherapist. Her brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) is a typical privileged white kid. At first, Chris feels that the parents’ overly nice behavior was just their nervous attempts to deal with the interracial dating scene. The Armitages also have two Black helpers, Walter(Marcus Henderson) and Georgina (Betty Gabriel). The rich white family having black servants shows their stereotypical standards. Although the helpers have less screen time, there is a lot of character development and the scenes of their over-politeness will definitely send a chill down your spine.
As the plot deepens, we see that the Armitages throw a lavish party. Unlike his previous encounter with the family, Chris experiences an air of racial discrimination. In the same party, Chris comes across another black guy named Logan who gets a sudden a seizure and attacks Chris and asks him to get out of that place immediately. He later comes back to his real self and apologizes for his actions. This scene plays a major role in understanding the whole plot and gives the movie a proper direction, as the mystery slowly unravels.
One of the greatest plot twists of the movie is the sudden change in Rose’s personality. As the plot progresses, we get to know some rather disturbing facts about the Missy and Dean. And the kind of illegal surgeries that the neurosurgeon has been doing. The movie ends with a lot of stabbing, killing and brutality and some unexpected plot twists.
Rod’s character looks a bit forced in the first half but is slowly picked-up and delivers great work by the end. There seemed to be no plot holes whatsoever and all the suspense was explained by the end.
The movie is mostly a satirical approach towards the active racial discrimination. It is also an eye-opener for all of us who have been living under a protective blanket, unaware of the real issues in the outside world.
The movie has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture Category. Needless to say, there are some great films on the Best Picture list this year, but in my opinion, Get Out is one of the most subversive and rebellious movies, all while being entertaining with a touch of dark humour. The movie is not a regular lecture about racism. It depicts the constant struggles faced by coloured people.
It has also received outstanding critical acclamation. Though being categorized as a horror film, it doesn’t have any paranormal outlook, instead, it focuses on real incidents that people have witnessed and lived through. Hence, it is definitely a movie worth winning.
In these modern times, where movies have just become a way to distract oneself from the real issues, “Get Out” brings things back into perspective. All in all, “Get Out” takes in the fatalism and tackles it in a satirical yet enlightening manner.