The occupants inside the car hurtle towards their upstate New York fate. Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and partner Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) are on their way to meet Rose’s family; a picturesque archetype of white suburbia. “They know your boyfriend’s black, right?” Chris states to Rose. Such a question should have no meaning or pre-conceived opinions in 2017, should it? The world ain’t all rainbows though. The questions paves the way for writer and director Jordan Peele’s satirically surreal horror to explore every nook and cranny of a modern day African-American in pre-dominantly privileged white surroundings.
Upon arrival at Rose’s childhood home, we realise that all isn’t as it should be (gasp). After meeting her parents, Missy and Dean (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) and brother, Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) we’re introduced to their black house-keepers, Walter and Georgina (Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson), sounding the alarm in Chris’s mind on how they might conceive coloured people. His suspicions further intensified during a garden party hosted by Rose’s father where Chris meets a coloured guest said to have gone missing from the area several months before. From here, we uncover the films haunting maze.
Peele’s mixture of surrealist humour has brought a fresh take on the black-white issue that is at the heart of the United States. The events which take place in Get Out symbolising slavery; segregation and the exploitation of the coloured American community. His subtle use of dialogue mixed with nightmarish, “out there” ideas such as The Sunken Place leave a cold thud at the back of your head, intensified by the films chilling other-worldly score by Michael Abels; a tense 104-minute ride of anxiety that makes you want to stand from your cinema seat and scream out Chris’s name in encouragement. Any person of sound mind and heart will be grinning from ear to ear with the film’s satisfying final act.
It looked there was no stopping Jordan Peele’s directorial debut’s 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The horror-comedy sailed to it’s perfect rating after 155 reviews only to have its unblemished clean sheet tarnished by a contrarian film critic. In their review, they stated the film was tailored to please the liberal status quo. Well, I don’t see one goddamned thing wrong with that during these rocky and unsteady times.
Get Out is on general release in the UK from Friday 17th March.