Get Out is a lot more than just a horror movie. The directorial debut of Jordan Peele, one half of the cult sketch-comedy duo Key & Peele, has become a major talking point in America. This is because it’s an absolutely terrifying psychological horror as well as being a razor-sharp commentary on race relations in modern America. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the best-reviewed films of the year so far.
The film centres on Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams). Their relationship has progressed to the point that Daniel is being taken to meet Rose’s parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener), something Daniel is nervous about.
What starts as an amiable meeting becomes increasingly uneasy, first as Daniel notices Rose’s parents’ awkward straining to show how liberal they are, then as he sees how strangely the few other black people in their lives are acting. Events turn stranger and stranger as it becomes clear that while the well-to-do local residents pretend they are ultra liberal, they are in fact anything but.
Get Out could not be more of-the-moment. Race relations, particularly in America, are constantly in the headlines and films telling black stories are becoming more prominent, with Moonlight winning the Best Picture Oscar. Get Out gives a lacerating take on what’s happening right now, in the package of an extremely entertaining and unique horror. You’ll be talking about it for weeks, once your heart has stopped racing.
Get Out is released on March 17
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