You have seen the trailers, questioned the plot, and even questioned if you want to see the film that everyone is talking about–Jordan Peele’s Get Out!
The film entails a young Black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who after months of dating goes to visit his White girlfriend, Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams), family at their estate. There, Chris finds her family and their neighbors to be kind and accommodating, but a bit over the top. He soon discovers there is far more to Rose’s family and community than he bargained for. Insidious, shocking, and unheard of, Chris will have to use all his wits to “Get Out” of this horrifying nightmare!
After viewing this film we see why it has earned a solid, and virtually unheard of, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! “Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.” We “100%” agree with their assessment. You have never seen or heard of a movie with a plot like this. Playing off old notions of night doctors , this film actually takes skin walking to a whole new level. At first glance you might accuse this film of race baiting, but that would only mean you have not actually seen it. Go with a group of friends and see just how much you will reel, churn, and at times laugh at this spectacle of a film. Is it outlandish–maybe, is it plausible–God we hope not!
We were also able to attend a round table interview for a quick Q & A with the comedic genius, Jordan Peele at Morehouse College. Get Out marks his directorial debut, and he has us raving in favor of this film. Peele reveals that although Get Out is a horror film he added the character of “Rod” (LilRel Howery) for comic relief. “He says what we wish someone would say. For his character this is even more nerve racking because this takes place in the real world so they are looking out for danger, they are seeing the clues, they are being are being perceptive, and it’s like they are still trying to figure everything out…so I would say reality for me is like horror and comedy…” He goes on to speak on how LilRel feels very familial to him. “He’s got that feeling like this is my brother, my best friend. He’s also an amazing improviser. Anytime I would say like ‘Rel give me simple reads’ and he would find like something crazy to say…when it came down to it that was the guy…”
As aforementioned some critics of the film accuse it of race baiting and being wrong for using the current racial climate of our country today. Jordan plainly calls them out on their flawed logic and assessment. “They’re fair to say that. I think people who criticize this film could be the people who haven’t seen it. It resonates with people, no one has ever given a concept like this in a long time–and look we get tired of seeing the same movies. The real thing that’s popping off about this movie is that we missed it. This movie should have been made forty years ago in some kind of way. This is the ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ in a twisted kind of way you could do today and not change a word…it’s a fair opinion…”
Again this is a film you have to see for yourself. Jordan Peele proves he is just as much of a director and writer as he is a comedian. We are definitely looking forward to seeing more of his work in the future! Be sure you catch Get Out in a theater near you today!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning