When Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) invites him to spend a weekend with her family, he’s apprehensive. She’s not told them that he is African American and based on his previous experience, he doesn’t think things are going to go as smoothly as she hopes. But Chris is in love so he reluctantly agrees.
As the events become stranger culminating in a garden party where Chris is subjected to a barrage of bizarre and inappropriate questions he realises he must get out. But has he left it too late?
Get Out is intriguing and dark and in many ways very current. As a thriller it had plenty of tension and suspense and I was interested in finding out just what the hell the Armitages and their creepy friends were up to and if Rose was in on it.
The film is obviously supposed to be a metaphor for how white people have appropriated black culture as their own but fail to understand their own privilege or to recognise the power of the culture they are borrowing from.
This comes across but not strongly enough, which means that some of the odd lapses in logic really jar. [HERE BE SPOILERS]: I don’t understand why the grandparents were servants in their own home. It made sense for the initial narrative of the film but not once the underlying secret was revealed. I also thought that when Chris finally escapes that having the police round him up rather than his captors would have been so much more powerful from a narrative standpoint that it being his friend, Rod (Lil Rel Howley) come to save him.
Kaluuya gives a great performance in his first leading role. He is relatable and likeable and his unease and attempts to brush his feelings of distress under the carpet make you want to scream at the screen. Williams is also great at playing both sides of her devious character.
Not a must watch but still a good watch.