Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African American man is travelling with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to visit her parents at their estate. Despite willing to go Chris holds some reservations about the trip fearing Rose’s parents might not be accepting of his colour, to which Rose is dismissive of. After arriving at the estate of Rose’s parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener), Chris finds himself confronted by excessively positive, unusual, and sometimes hostile behaviour of those around him. Later, after coming across other African American residents in the predominately White suburb who just don’t seem to be acting normal, perplexity turns to fear leaving Chris with no other option than to get out.
Jordan Peele, a staple of American comedy for the past decade, has masterminded this devilish subversive mystery thriller that wields tension so effectively you’ll feel like you’re in the sunken place yourself. What is the Sunken Place? It’s where your consciousness ends up after being hypnotised by Missy and her psychiatrist witchery, leaving your body unresponsive but your mind aware yet crippled. Basically how I spent all the time in the film when events go south. My muscles twitched and tensed with trepidation when Chris found himself in the most unenviable of scenarios, and as I bore witness to what felt like one of the greatest episodes of The Twilight Zone that never was.
Thanks to the crafty script, and a blindingly superb performance by Daniel Kaluuya, Jordan Peele has headed one of the finest directorial debuts in recent memory. Not to mention nailing the oft forgotten purpose of the horror genre, to shine an ugly light on reality. Spooky tales and ghoulish ghosts may raise the hairs on the back of your neck, but what nothing shakes you to the bone more than the horror of life. That being said, even if you don’t wish to dig into the layers of Get Out, there is more than enough surface level entertainment on offer to make it a heck of a horror ride. All in all Get Out is easily one of the must see films of the year. Whether it’s holding a mirror up to societies unmindful treatment of people of a different race, or just delightfully making you feel uncomfortable as it plays out, Get Out is a triumph of modern horror.