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Get Out
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by Rob Gonsalves

"An electrifying debut."
5 stars

“Let me tell you about the very rich,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. “They are different from you and me.”

Jordan Peele’s political horror movie Get Out, which he describes as a “social thriller,” tells us just how the very rich (and, mostly, very white) are different. This paranoid masterpiece has also been an old-school-style horror success story, earning back many, many times its cost. It hit a nerve; it is also legitimately frightening at times, and deeply funny at others, and always both entertaining and wince-inducing. It is not, perhaps, as radical as some have made it out to be — screen Fight for Your Life or The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith for such people — but it’s still an electrifying achievement.

Peele reveals himself as an intuitive director early on, when our protagonist Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) arrives with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to visit her affluent parents. The parents, we are told before the trip, have not been briefed on Chris’s blackness. They are, we are also assured, the furthest thing from racists. So when they meet Chris, we wonder what subtle tics of anxiety the camera might impart in close-ups. Peele leans away from this trope and shoots the whole scene at an across-the-street distance; we hear the voices, the cloying dadness of Bradley Whitford and the patrician rich-white-lady tones of Catherine Keener. Peele is encouraging us to look beyond appearances and to avoid putting too much weight on visual cues.

The movie will likely play better a second time; Peele must have planted a thousand little Chekhov’s guns, and the performance of one actress in particular, Betty Gabriel as the family’s maid Georgina, almost demands further scrutiny. Georgina and another servant, the oddly spoken Walter (Marcus Henderson), are both black, and Rose’s dad sheepishly acknowledges the problematic optics. Rose’s parents engage in a sort of meta-narrative, commenting on the likely appearance of things as if self-awareness were itself redemptive. It’s a tried and true way of deflecting criticism about privilege.

Get Out ramps up gradually — for the longest time there’s very little blood, a drop here, a headlight smear there — and, as Chris becomes more and more menaced and baffled, the plot rolls inexorably into paranoid sci-fi/horror. Black writers trying to account for white perfidy have from time to time engaged with metaphor or conspiracy-myth; it goes back at least as far as the story of Mr. Yakub. The metaphor-myth Peele creates and parcels out bit by bit has to do with the different style of racism practiced by wealthy white liberals. Peele doesn’t say that underneath outwardly genteel white liberals are racist demons. He says that genteel white liberals can also be racist demons, side by side in one person, one shading into the other. For good measure Peele throws in a Japanese man, who asks Chris if his experience as an African-American has been an advantage or disadvantage.

That detail, like many others in Get Out, has been unpacked in thinkpieces from sea to shining sea. For a while, it was the biggest gotta-see-it-and-talk-about-it movie in too many years. Written during the Obama years, filmed when a female president seemed likely, premiering at Sundance three days into Trump’s presidency, the movie does collide productively with the zeitgeist while never abandoning the story’s more timeless horror elements — the tension of our hero trapped in a ghastly situation. The narrative goes way over the top; anyone still taking the story literally will end up on the side of the road. Metaphor and myth can also power satire, and that’s where Get Out ends up — has been all along, really.

For black audiences, the true horrors on the screen are nothing new, except in movies. White liberals take a few hard shots in the chops. It’s not as if we didn’t have it coming.

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User Comments

6/27/17 Robert E Allen Once of the very best movies I have ever seen! Original, yet genre specific. 5 stars
6/11/17 Bob Dog Would have made a good Twilight Zone episode, but too stretched for a movie. 2 stars
5/19/17 Langano Intelligently made thriller. 4 stars
5/14/17 Scared Mofo Funny and disturbing at the same time 5 stars
5/06/17 Louise (the real one) Creepy stuff, entertaining but found the violence too gratuitous. 3 stars
4/23/17 David H. Brilliant social commentary disguise as a horror film, 5 stars
3/27/17 action movie fan slow paced and subtle but becomes scary after a while worth seeing 3 stars
3/19/17 Luisa Good story, humor, actors, but not well made. 3 stars
3/15/17 Jay Williams Excellent thrill ride! Brilliant and clever 5 stars
3/08/17 Bob Dog Fun premise, average implementation. 3 stars
3/05/17 Louise Laughably over-rated garbage. 1 stars
3/03/17 Fire WithFire How about a Reverse Racist version - y'know,a MORE REALISTIC movie? 1 stars
2/25/17 orpy Entertaining for sure but not a 5 3 stars
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  24-Feb-2017 (R)
  DVD: 23-May-2017

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  DVD: 23-May-2017




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