Sunday, December 31, 2017

Film Review - Get Out

Microaggressions, casual racism and black being in and chic are the main topics forced to the surface in Jordan Peele's sublime balance of satire, comedy, and horror in Get Out. The film is perfectly timed for today as the majority feels they have done their part for the moment having elected Barack Obama twice (A topic that's broached in the film) feel free to go back to American values in their leaders and heroes as they strive to Make America Great Again. Peele, infact, got the inkling for the film during the 2008 democratic primaries where you were either in the Hillary or Obama camp meaning you could not be for both women's rights and racial advancement. Chris ( Daniel Kaluuya) is headed to the country to visit his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) parents. He's concerned how it will go as he's not sure she has told them that she's back. Rose senses his anxiety and assures him that there is no need for a heads up. Roses educated parents a doctor (Bradley Whitford) and psychologist (Catherine Keener)  are welcoming to a fault with no hint of any tension until Rose's brother Caleb Landry Jones appears.

Next, the story shifts to a weekend to honour the work of Rose's grandfather where rich guest appear all seeming to know that Chris would be at the event although Rose claimed that she did not know it was to be that weekend. The all subtly watch his very move then when he goes to engage the only other balk person present the reaction is not what you would expect from a fellow African-American in syntax, action or body language. His presence is similar to the two Armitage employees their housekeep and groundsmen who stayed on after taking care of the grandparents.

Peele sees the monster in the film as current society itself. He puts in a subtle clue as a cop asks Chris for ID after Rose has an accident while driving.  She sticks up for him confronting the officer as to the reason why. Peeler sees this category of film as the social thriller. When the plot moves to the crux of the situation Chris has already been effected with little prospect to escape. He's been chosen as a chassy for an aging community member and there's not much he can do to prevent it.

Get Out is a study on race relations in America. It's opening and closing scenes serve as bookends on what breeds anxiousness in minorities that would be totally unexpected by the majority in the same situation. Walking along minding your business on a suburban street or expecting the worst when a police car rolls up on a scene where you have done absolutely nothing wrong.

**** Out of 4.

Get Out | Jordan Peele | U.S.A. | 2017 | 104 Minutes.

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