An African American man heads to his white girlfriend’s parents’ house for the weekend to meet them for the first time. Although he’s uneasy about it his girlfriend assures him it’ll be fine, but he ends up being right for being concerned as things get weird pretty quickly- although not quite in the way he thought.
I’ve wanted to see Get Out for such a long time, but was a wally and for some reason never got around to it when it was at the cinema. I am now the proud owner of the DVD (yes, an actual physical DVD) so can enjoy it at my leisure from now on. I’ve always found Jordan Peele really funny and I was intrigued to see a serious film from him (I’m also pleased to see Daniel Kaluuya aka Posh Kenneth from Skins has made it to Hollywood). The plot is really original and goes against a lot of typical horror movie cliches, which made it all the more tense as I had no idea how everything was going to pan out. While it’s a horror movie it’s not packed with the usual jump scares, but the general atmosphere is totally creepy and the ominous feeling throughout is what makes it truly scary.
The racial element of the film also gives it a topical angle, which I really liked from a film of this genre. Usually horror movies are an hour and half of entertainment and that’s it, but Get Out does make you think and is a clever but subtle way of considering race relations in the US. It doesn’t smack you over the head with it in a super politicised way, but the issues are ever-present; you could probably watch this film and ignore the social commentary element of it and just enjoy it at face-value, but there are brief moments or lines throughout the film that really can make you think.
I would recommend this film even to people who don’t usually like horror, as it’s almost more of a thriller than a horror. There are some lighter moments so it’s not totally serious throughout, but as I mentioned the overall atmosphere of the film has a big impact and very tense. I really enjoyed it and I hope that Jordan Peele makes more films like this- hopefully his Oscar win for Original Screenplay from this will spur him on.