Get Out (2017): Movie Review

Get Out (2017)

dir. Jordan Peele

written by: Jordan Peele

starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener


If Ira Levin wrote about race instead of gender, he would have published Get Out.  Stepping into Stepford territory, Get Out embraces psychological horror with a distinctive comedic touch.  Jordan Peele, with an strong directorial debut and much improved feature writing (Keanu….), blends tokenism into an increasingly tense weekend visit.  When Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his new girlfriend’s parents for the week, he’s concerned her white parents won’t be comfortable with her bringing home a black man.  Rose Armitage (Allison Williams, Girls) reassures him the family has no racial hang-ups.  The family embraces his presence, excited he’ll attend a festive annual get together with all their closest friends.  The family welcomes him home with a bit too intense enthusiasm.


Peele doesn’t let his movie doddle, a rapid introduction to the possibilities welcome with an early fright.  The movie doesn’t thrive on jumps; it prefers you grip your nails in anticipation.  Casted with a heap of unsettling WASPy party guests to adorn an increasing invasive welcoming party; Rosemary would have advised a raincheck.  The parents, played by Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Catherine Keener (Capote), are expectedly perfect, but their son is the major flaw.  Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee in First Class) lacked all subtlety and often broke the mood. Spared by occasional interruptions from dogsitting friend Rod (LilRel Howery benefits from Peele’s humor), the film sometimes needs a break from its nerve-wracking uncertainty.

Allison Williams seems to have made the decision to move into movies; she’s got the presence for it. Daniel Kaluuya, with the best scared-as-hell peformance since Maika Monroe in It Follows, his skepticism turned reality festers until it engulfs. His good humored ease permits him to rebound through his introductions until his control starts to dissolve.  He’s caught in a trap and it’s evident some racist shit is around the corner, but what is it?  That, I’ll let you see.  


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