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Get Out (2017): A Review

Get Out

A Story With Startling Whiplash

As Mikey Madison says in the 2022 film Scream, “Jordan Peele f–king rules!” And that statement holds truth for his directorial debut because Get Out introduces a truly terrifying story that keeps abruptly changing. The audience is forced to jog then sprint to catch up with the sequence of events that unfold. While it has a few predictable moments, the cast and the storyline make for a frightening twist — one that mostly socially conscious viewers would appreciate. 

Get Out introduces Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a Black photographer from Brooklyn who is happily dating his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). Chris prepares for a weekend visit with her seemingly welcoming neurosurgeon father and her hypnotherapist mother in Upstate New York, and he’s concerned about their perception on interracial relationships. Though Rose assures him that her family is not racist, Chris uncovers several disturbing things about the Armitage clan aside from solely having Black workers at the estate. 

Peele made several unique choices that set his film apart from other horrors. The first decision was by skillfully luring in his audience during the moment when Chris meets the parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Dean seems like the typical all-around “cool” dad, while Missy appears warm and welcoming. While viewers see the obvious racism at the Armitage estate grounds, they can’t help but wonder if maybe Dean and Missy aren’t the culprits here due to their super chill demeanors. 

However, Peele quickly strikes us with how corrupt they truly are once we witness Missy hypnotize Chris. After that, we’re unsure of what kind of situation Chris walked into. But we’re especially confused when we see Chris interact with another Black man, who shows up at the Armitage estate, looking just as glass-eyed and lost as the other workers. Once Chris snaps a photo of him, we initially think the man screams “get out” at him as a sign that he felt insulted. However, it’s quite the opposite, as the film’s title definitely has another meaning: It’s a warning. 

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By the time Chris figures that out, it’s too late and we’re rooting for him to escape the clutches of the racist, experimental family. But will Rose save him? Are any of the Armitages on his side? 

In terms of technical aspects, the jump scares throughout the film aren’t similar to past horror-slashers or supernatural-themed movies. Instead, Get Out’s frights are sharper and disorienting. The moment when Walter (Marcus Henderson) charges toward Chris then suddenly changes direction is definitely a unique sight. The audience doesn’t have time to process what on earth just happened, and so they’re forced to try to keep up with the film’s strange storyline. Once we get to the climactic scene between Chris and the Armitages, we really don’t know what will unfold as we still have to keep up with the ever-changing, fast-paced nature of the movie. 

The ending, of course, is a nod to the reality of racism. While Peele sprinkles most of it through minor scenes — such as the moment when the cop asks Chris for his license, yet he wasn’t driving — our hearts break as we hope Chris won’t wind up jailed for a misunderstanding. Like in 2021’s Candyman, the audience is left frustrated as the main character has to endure long-term suffering just because of the color of their skin. So, does Chris actually “get out” while he can? 

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Elisabeth joined Dead Talk News in 2022 and loves movies and TV! After working for various sites, including Screen Rant and Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Elisabeth joined DTN to critique and review various movies, from horror flicks to Disney live-actions.