Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is headed with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents for the first time, at their country estate. Despite an uncomfortable first meeting, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener) seem welcoming and Chris settles in for the weekend. But odd occurrences around the house and strange behaviour from the staff and guests lead Chris to believe that something terrible is happening and that he should...get out!
Jordan Peele makes his directorial debut with Get Out, 2017's Best Rated Film on Rotten Tomatoes. As debuts go, this is by far one of the best. Peele has created a narrative that's more than just entertaining, it's deeply symbolic of the current racial climate in the US. It's also got to be one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen! I'm not usually a fan of horror movies, but this isn't a horror movie in the traditional sense. Personally, I would describe Get Out as a realistic interpretation of a surrealistic nightmare. As if meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time wasn't scary enough!
Told from the point of view of Chris - played brilliantly by Kaluuya - the story unfolds in a way that allows the audience to appreciate how alone and trapped he feels. According to Peele; "You are Chris when you watch this movie. The power of the story encourages empathy. It allows us to see through other people's lives." Chris' only link to the outside world comes in the form of his friend Rod (LilRel Howery), who Chris can only reach by phone. Rod is the comic relief, responsible for some of the best lines in the movie and always available to offer his friend some interesting advice.
Chris, Rose and Rod are the only characters that seem to have any life in them. The supporting cast move like ghouls, interacting with Chris in the strangest of ways, none more so than Rose's brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones). At first you think it's because they're uncomfortable, but then you realise it's for entirely more sinister reasons. Those reasons only become more intriguing as they unfold. Why? Because you have no idea how the movie is going to end!
Despite being Jordan Peele's first time directing, he has demonstrated all the talents of a veteran director. Get Out is a tense and engrossing horror/thriller that'll keep you guessing right until the very end. Beautifully crafted with brilliant performances all round, the movie has been nominated for four Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Will we soon see the cast and crew accepting some little gold statues named Oscar? Lets hope so!
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