A truly terrifying film
While horror movie Get Out is short on traditional scares, its depiction of the disturbing reality of casual racism in liberal society will chill you to the bone, writes James Mottram
Get Out Director: Jordan Peele Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford told them he is black.
Chris is not reassured to learn her family are liberals and her father would have voted for Obama for a third term if he could.
When he arrives at the house, the welcome is warm from Rose’s hypnotherapist mother, Missy (Catherine Keener), and neurologist father Dean (Bradley Whitford).
Rose’s brother Jeremy (Calab Landry Jones) is a spiky presence but nothing unexpected. Soon, though, Chris begins to sense something is wrong, notably with the family’s AfricanAmerican hired-help: handyman Walter (Marcus Henderson) and housekeeper Georgina (Betty Gabriel). Both seem strangely robotic, almost devoid of feelings.
Peele takes his sweet time before revelations open Chris’s eyes to the horrifying truth. As a comedian, he knows all about set-ups, pacing and punchlines – and Get Out is no different.
Story elements are gradually infused into the narrative, be- ginning with a possibly racist police officer encountered on the journey to Rose’s parents.
Some of Get Out is rather functional. Rod (comedian Lil Rel Howery), a TSA agent, a friend with whom Chris spends a lot of time on the phone reporting the strange goings-on, only exists to move the plot along or get cheap laughs.
It can also be argued that as a horror movie, the film is not really so frightening – though Peele certainly knows how to unnerve the audience (right down to the sound of a teaspoon clinking on a china cup).
Get Out scores most highly in its depiction of a racially divided America, where white liberals live in cloistered communities feeling smug about their political correctness.
This is what makes the film feel like a smart state- of- thenation address, and Peele’s satirical jabs, aimed squarely at “good white folk”, really hit home.
From left, Missy (Catherine Keener), Dean (Bradley Whitford), Rose (Allison Williams), Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) in Get Out.