Chris (Kaluuya) and Rose (Williams) have been dating for a few months and the movie opens as the young couple prepare for a weekend away to meet Rose’s parents. Chris is understandably anxious to make a good first impression and is very concerned how they will react to their daughter’s inter-racial relationship. Rose goes to great lengths to reassure him everything will be alright. Is she just a little too reassuring?
The couple drive to the family’s large, isolated estate in the country and Rose’s parents Missy (Keener) and Dean (Whitford) are delighted to meet Chris. Really delighted. Dean launches into a well-rehearsed ‘if I could have voted for Obama twice, I would have’ speech that is embarrassing and tinged with condescension. I laughed a little and then hmmmmm. Satire in a movie that is clearly being marketed as horror?
The world at this isolated country estate becomes increasingly unsettling with the arrival of a bunch of well-to-do, middle aged, spongy, white people who are all so very colour-blind. They tell Chris over and over and even he is starting to get a sense of get the hell out of Dodge. Or at least back away slowly.
The movie gets weirder and creepier with every passing moment, from Missy’s attempt to hypnotise Chris and then Chris’ encounter with handyman Walter in the dead of night. By this stage, we all know Chris needs to get out but we are not quite sure why.
I won’t say anything more and spoil it but there are some unexpected twists and the result is a very clever, very scary movie.
Get Out has been a sleeper hit and has enjoyed great word of mouth success. This success is well deserved and it warms my cold, dead heart to see clever, well written and superbly acted indie movies score big.
Don’t miss this one
4 ½ stars
Director : Jordan Peele
Starring : Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root
Running Time : 104 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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