Get Out

Get Out

Rated R

Running Time: 104 minutes

Director: Jordan Peele

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, LilRel Howery, Stephen Root, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Caleb Landry Jones

Plot: A young black man (Chris) travels to the burbs to meet his girlfriend’s aggressively white family. I mean these people are really, really white. Cardstock white. Hell, they might even be pants-before-labor-day white. As the weekend unfolds Chris has to try to listen to these people make clumsily racist conversations with him without losing his goddam mind, all while his friend tries to convince him these suburbanites are brainwashing black people to be sex slaves. His friend is a real nut. I suspect he might even be a Truther. 

Review: If you’ve ever dated a southern baptist with a large family I suspect this movie will feel tonally similar to at least a couple of your own experiences. Don’t be surprised if you get strong feelings of deja vu. You might also get aforementioned feelings if you’ve seen anything with or about Steve Jobs, because Bradley Whitford’s wardrobe for this flick was wall-to-wall mock turtlenecks. Not to worry though, because the suspense is almost as omnipresent as the turtlenecks in this film.

Upon finishing Get Out, I couldn’t help but suspect that it was an attempt by Jordan Peele to brainwash white people, so that we will finally quit trying to awkwardly convince black people that we aren’t racist at parties. I am sorry to say that I don’t think it’s going to work. Even as I sit here typing I can feel myself fighting the urge to reference my black friends so that you know that I’m cool. Brainwashing is a big runner in this movie, so maybe there’s something to my theory. Once I complete this I might actually do a little digging to see if Peele has any connection to Scientology. Scientologists really have made some revolutionary breakthroughs in brainwashing techniques in recent decades. If  Going Clear is to be believed one could argue that they’ve made it an art form.

Putting aside the possibility that Peele is subtly brainwashing the movie going populace, Get Out is an effective psychological suspense movie. It is uncomfortable from the moment the young couple arrives and keeps on building upon that. It does have some lightly comic moments, but Peele doesn’t let them undermine the overall tone. Sure, there was a measure of predictability to the plot twists…until the end when it takes a hard turn (read: off the rails a little bit), but none of these missteps were so grievous that they don’t merit forgiveness. If you haven’t seen Get Out you definitely should, and if you have seen it, and you found that you really like movies with uncomfortable sequences of racial tension, I would also recommend you check out the third, sixth, and seventh installments of the Rocky series.

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