MOVIE REVIEW: Get Out (2017)

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.

From the outset things are… weird. The Armitages (played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) are not outwardly racist but they are a bit awkward. And what is up with their almost robotic black servants and Mrs Armitage’s pushy assertions that she can help Chris quit smoking through hypnotism.

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?

What do you mean martinis aren’t very gangster?

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.

3/5

10 Comments

  1. I found this film so overwhelmingly derivative, I gave it quite a harsh review. But if you had never seen the films I mention, then you might well enjoy it a lot more than I did.
    https://beetleypete.com/2019/02/26/just-been-watching-95/
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You’re right. It is very derivative. I have seen most of the films you mention. I found it watchable but it’s not very original.

  2. Funny that you should review this film today as I only just finished watching it. It was pretty unnerving stuff.

    1. I think I expected a lot more from it and it just didn’t really deliver for me. It was good but I thought it could have been more.

      1. Iโ€™m going to review it soon.

  3. I like the concept but it felt like a ‘first film’ to me. Some sloppy direction in the last act and some pretty big plot holes. (SPOILER) How did Rose think she was going to get away with this considering Chris’ best friend knows where they are going the entire time? And that convenient box of pictures behind an open closet door. I could go on, but it was all too absurd to feel even remotely grounded.

    1. That is a massive plot hole! I liked the message but the execution needed work.

  4. I liked it more than you did. Not a big horror fan, but Daniel Kaluuya’s acting and the directing just blew me away. Always interesting to get your take on things though.

    1. Kaluuya was great but I just wanted it to hit harder.

  5. I didn’t know what i was going in for when I watched this, and enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. I agree with what you say about some things not making sense (the servant bit) and all that, and it is a dark movie, and quite current.

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