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

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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.

art­slife@then­ational.ae

By Justin Lu­bin Photo

From left, Missy (Cather­ine Keener), Dean (Bradley Whit­ford), Rose (Al­li­son Wil­liams), Ge­orgina (Betty Gabriel) and Chris (Daniel Kalu­uya) in Get Out.

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