I went to the cinema with no idea what Jordan Peele’s Get Out was about. Fifteen minutes before it started, my brother told me a very brief synopsis of the movie and here’s what he said: “Black people are vanishing from a white neighbourhood.” All I could say was “Is this a joke?” and thought I was in for a comedy.
However, Get Out is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut and is a horror comedy he also wrote and produced. The movie stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener and it follows Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) visit to her family’s house for a weekend.
**warning: contain spoilers**
For me, I found the story well-written and interesting. I kept guessing what’s going to happen in the next scene but I was always wrong. It was a perfect mix of horror and comedy. I remember the scene where the black houseboy was running towards Chris. It scared me to the point I had to hide in my seat and peek through my fingers just to check whether it was over. On the other hand, the scene where Rod (Chris’s best friend) went to the police station to inform the police that Chris has been kidnapped, probably being brainwashed to be used as a sex slave, cracked me up.
The cast is amazing, especially Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery. Their chemistry as best friends is so good, even if the movie turned out bad you’d still enjoy their scenes. After the movie, I remember telling my brother, “Find yourself a friend like Rod!” He was so caring and dependable. I’m glad he’s there for Chris.
Besides giving you the scares and making you laugh, Get Out will also make you think about our society, especially with the sensitive issue of racism we have these days. You’d see scenes where the protagonist was asked for his ID by a police officer even though it wasn’t necessary. You’d see rich, white families having black people as servants at their homes.
Get Out will surely entertain you while hitting you in the face with the cold hard truth about our society. It is now showing in cinemas near you so grab your tickets while it’s still on!