#GetOut Review: The Horror Story of Being Black in America
Directed By:Jordan Peele
Staring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, LilRel Howery
Writers: Jordan Peele
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Synopsis: A young Black man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.
This Film Nails Micro-Aggressions and the Black Experience
Going into this film written an directed by Jordan Peele you expect it to be a funny, goofy spoof on American life, and it was funny and comedic, however for Black people in America this is your worse nightmare. The horror in this film is as real as any horror film in history. Director Jordan Peele acutely points out the everyday experience of Blackness and turns the creepiness up to 1000 in this unparalleled, entirely plausible horror film.
The story is about Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who is dating Rose (Allison Williams) a white woman and she is taking him to visit her parents for the first time and her parents do not know she is dating a black man. When they arrive they meet Mr and Mrs Armitage (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) who immediately rub Chris the wrong way with their subtle racism and awkwardness. After inviting people over for an annual party Chris starts to notice things are a bit weird and that all the black people are acting weird. Throughout the film Chris’s best friend Rod (LilRel Howery) acts as the voice of the audience and also bring the comedic relief to loose up some of the tense situations. Chris continues to deal with the diet racism and in a twist that you won’t see coming figures out what is happening and then is left to fight his way out of this mysterious and dangerous town.
The casting and acting in this film was perfect. Daniel Kaluuya’s facial expressions connected with the audience and conveyed the uneasiness and fear that black people feel living and interacting with whiteness. The constant referenced to his body, and assumptions about sports and intelligence is something I see everyday and most of us just deal with as a part of life. Allison Williams sets up this film’s twist with a stellar performance as the oblivious millennial girlfriend who “doesn’t see color” and just loves Chris for who he is. She sets up the eventual turn so well and the third act is one of the scariest and creepiest acts I’ve seen.
The scariest part of this films is the fact that what happens in this film is not implausible. The comedy in this film will fall heavily along racial lines. There were parts in this film where the white audience laughs because they think its ridiculous and the black audience laughs because its real and its how we reconcile. The assault on black bodies, the stereotypes, and passive aggressive behavior and constantly feeling like an outcast if something that many black people can relate too. Also the setting of the film, being in some super suburban town ties it all in. Peele’s choice in score and camera angles spikes the tension and fear with the audience and helps convey to white people when something is wrong or creepy. With this being Jordan Peele’s second writing credit and first Directing credit he has set himself up to get many projects in the future and this film should absolutely be nominated for best director and best screenplay.