Racism is kinda like a crappy roommate (or a demon) in that no matter how many times you’ve told it to Get Out (hehehe), it somehow comes back. Sure, we’ve come leaps and bounds in some areas on the P/C front, but it seems that the true horror show that is racism is still alive and well in modern day society. Last year’s documentary 13th (check it out on Netflix now) pointed to this in a more ‘realistic’ way, but funny-man Jordan Peele has decided to tackle the sinister nature of race profiling in a not-so-funny horror/thriller. Which brings us to the much anticipated horror film of 2017 where Gordon Ramsay fires you from Hell’s Kitchen.
Of course I mean…
I mean, that’s pretty scary.
Get Out is a psychological horror/thriller (spooookyyy) written and directed by Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) and stars Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) and Allison Williams (Girls) as a couple who make that good ol’ awkward trip home to meet the parents. This is awkward enough for any guy, but Chris (Kaluuya) isn’t just worried about what his gal Rose’s (Williams) father will think of her man, but what he’ll think of her black man. Set in the modern world, Get Out focuses pretty much from the get-go on Chris’s immediate concern that a white family won’t be 100% cool with a mixed race couple. His worries are only made worse by the fact that he’s about to meet the creepiest nightmare-fueled white family ever. If Jordan Peele set out to make the most terrifying white family any African American person could dread meeting, he has succeeded and outdone himself. Because this movie had white people afraid of these whackadoodles as well.
*When bae’s parents are racist as hell and you’re lowkey dying inside*
I’ll just say now that I abhor racism and while I am a white Australian man (the man part’s debatable) I really felt that Jordan Peele hit the nail on the head with this movie. Get Out plays on some very strong and legit fears in the African American community, but in a way that got an entire theatre full of other races to feel the same deep unease. There’s a lot of second guessing of motives in Get Out, playing on the idea that perhaps all these fears are just in Chris’s head. Maybe these people aren’t so bad, maybe he’s just worrying too much, maybe they’re only a little racist. Subtlety is king here in acting, writing and directing as Get Out really works to say ‘hey, this isn’t just about race, this is just plain scary’. Get Out begins with a sense of unease from the very first frame that doesn’t leave until the very last. Peele has created a story that (no spoilers) shows the horror of race-profiling in a new way; a creepy, uncomfortable but also more understandable way. Which is weirdly genius. Couple this with the tense music and sound mixing of Get Out and you have a very immersive experience.
Hey, you didn’t tell me this was one of those ‘high society kink’ parties
Now I did say Get Out was a psychological horror/ thriller, didn’t I? Well here comes the psychological part. Peele has done great work here making other people (especially white people) better understand the thoughts and feeling of black people today, but there’s also elements of psychology and even therapy (shudders) in this film.
That’s right, you’re gonna be digging your nails into the armrests right alongside our main character Chris just at the sight of a teacup. No, really. I’m forever traumatised by the image of cups and teaspoons now, and you will be too. You’ll cringe at every turn under the immense unease this movie puts you through. Seriously, it’s traumatic. This movie made me lock up like Ned Flanders at Sexpo. Get Out isn’t just a movie that’s uncomfortably tense to watch, but it connects you to that tension in a way that more thrillers should hope to do.
Don’t make a movie about racism, make a movie about the horror of racism.
*Me seeing someone bringing out a cup and saucer after Get Out*
The acting in Get Out is great as Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams both give top-notch performances that totally invest you in their story. Supporting the tension (or really driving it) are Catherine Keener and that dick from Billy Madison – Bradley Whitford – who play Rose’s parents who try way too hard to show just how not-racist they are. Not forgetting his comedy roots, Peele casts LilRel Howery as Chris’s close friend Rod – who has the best lines in the film and is the welcome comic relief dude who doesn’t act like a complete moron.
Steven Root also pops up with a big dose of unsettling but not quite as unsettling as the stars of the show; ‘the help’. That’s right, this totally not racist family have 2 black house-hands that are truly, deeply unsettling to watch. Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson are scary-as-funk as housemaid Georgina and groundsman Walter. Adding the most tension in the entire film, Georgina and Walter only become more unsettling as this twisted story unfolds right to the very end.
Oh, you don’t look like you’ll murder me in my sleep at aaaaallllll.
Honestly there’s not much more to say about Get Out other than GET OUT and go see it right now. This is a top-notch thriller that has tension you could cut with a knife, and it’s a deep conversation wrapped in a fairly simple horror story. A little fantastical? Maybe. But for the portions that you need to suspend your disbelief, Peele really has you invested in just how uncomfortable you feel. It feels tense in a great way, and hats off to Jordan Peele for making a triumphant leap to this genre with a movie that I think will stand tall among many great horror/thrillers.
Jesse’s awesomeness score: 95
Get Out gets an A for ‘after this I’m scared of tea parties’.
Get Out is in cinemas May 4th so go feel unsettled as hell y’all.