“Get Out!”

Updated: May 24, 2019

“Get Out” portrays the story of Chris Washington, a young black photographer in a relationship with a white woman, Rose Armitage.  The film follows Chris as he spends a weekend with his girlfriend’s family, in their upstate home.  Being that this is their first time meeting, Allison’s parents are unaware that Chris is black.  She assures him his race will not be an issue, and that her parents are open and loving.  Mmm hmmm…

As Chris gets acclimated to the family, he goes through the usual get-to-know you questions, awkward dad comments on politics, and “harmless” remarks about race.  The film begins to make a left-turn when Chris meets the live-in staff, also black , but somewhat distant in their personality and initial meetings with Chris.  After a late-night encounter with Rose’s mother, a psychiatrist that is also a skilled hypnotist (no, really), things really get interesting {strange}.

In an attempt to not spoil anything further, I’m gonna stop with the plot synopsis here.  Jordan Peele did a great job in the writing and direction of this film, a testament that he can do more than sketch-comedy akin to “Key & Peele,” his earlier “MAD TV” days, and even “Keanu,” which I saw a few weeks ago (it was funnier than I gave it credit for).  Moreover, Daniel Kaluuya was spectacular in portraying the lead role (can’t wait to see him in more films), and had me rooting for him at every turn.  The movie was awesome, and a departure for me, as I usually don’t check out horror movies or thrillers.    Thankfully, “Get Out” still retained some of Peele’s humor, enlisting Lil Rel Howery as Rod, Chris’ best friend and voice of reason.  And as you’ll see if you watch “Get Out,” Lil Rel provides a much appreciated comedy-relief, in what is already a tense film.

If you’re wanting to see what all the hype is about, I suggest you go out and catch “Get Out”.  Not only is the storyline on point and the writing sharp, but it causes one to think about what larger or “secret” issues blacks and people of color are facing, in addition to how we are viewed as people and our place in the world.  I give “Get Out” a 5 out 5 rating.  Get out and go watch it!  #StayWoke

*Update (3/06/17):

Because “Get Out” is STILL doing so well and being talked about, I’ve provided the following links that provide more insight into the film.  WARNING: there are spoilers within the following pages, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you wait to read them, and GET OUT to see this movie.

22 Secrets Hidden In “Get Out” You May Have Missed – Buzz FeedWhy ‘Get Out’, a Movie About Anti-Black Racism, Had an Asian Character – Next SharkIn Get Out, the Eyes Have It – The Atlantic