Get Out is about a couple named Chris and Rose. They've been dating for months now and have a strong connection. And Rose's family is having a get-together for a long weekend and she wants to take Chris along to meet everybody, first and foremost her parents and wacky brother. The thing is, Rose hasn't told her parents that her partner is black. (Not to mention I didn't have to mention Rose was white; white is almost always the default in descriptions... :( ) Chris reluctantly agrees, and things seem, well, adequate at first. There's no shout, just smiles. Maybe too many smiles. There are also some servants, these ones black, and Chris feels that something is just off with this family, like they'd be a lot happier if he were by their standards a little more. And that maybe they have what it takes and the will to do so to make it happen.
My hesitation to start Get Out comes from the fact that it's easy for me to get uncomfortable. In fact, I can be even terrified of walking into the wrong door and being stared at strange. When I knew the synopsis, I knew we'd get this. Also, Get Out opened with a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and is still pretty strong up there, and while I'm not too afraid to be in the 0-5% minority, there's a 100% movie called Cyrano de Bergerac based on the play that I hate. Well, I understand the hype entirely. This film is so frightening, strange and even sad that at the end of the film I wanted to cuddle up and hug someone. Get Out is also original enough to make filmgoers in droves begin to think differently, and it was so effective its only so-so scenes barely got in the way with the finished product.
Here's what I mean. With Kalluya as the obvious star in a film centred around racism and a ton of whites, we start to see conversation that feels so agonizingly familiar, that there are people who see those with a different skin colour than theirs as a different-skin-coloured person, before who they actually are.
I know that Chris Stuckmann did a review of Get Out and he said this too, but here's the thing: He and I both never understood racism growing up. Like him, I've had dark-skinned friends but I don't paint them in that light. I was the only white in a selected table of friends for a day-camp at my public school one summer and we got along instantaneously. We spent lots of our time talking about Pokemon, and what we like to do during summer, who our favourite teachers were, etc. Get Out explores those who still make assumptions, and, reading, or watching between the lines, you might even imagine if you saw someone of the opposite skin colour at a crime scene. Would you make an assumption? Would you resort to self-defence on instinct or would you run over and try to help or ask what happened? These are serious questions I think everyone should explore and it can be aided in Get Out.
Okay, so, this movie's very spiritual. That all's fine and dandy. What about the actual story? Good gravy, it's original. It doesn't feel like Chris is quite as trapped and doomed at first like some other horror films put the main characters but you'd be surprised. If you're looking for a horror movie that makes your heart pound, Get Out is instantaneous. It's also one of the cutest. Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, the only other thing I've seen him in being Kick-Ass 2. And he's just right as the likeable hero. Sometimes he gets showy in his impatience and refusal to take the heat too politely but we get why. Allison Williams plays his girlfriend, and they are both quite cuddly together.
The film also has an unpredictable and quite haunting twist. Though Get Out occasionally overdoes how uncomfortable it is, it's simply a great, original film that I'm glad was made. I don't know if I'll ever watch the entire movie from top to bottom again, which is my A- reaction, but the way it impacted me, well...that's the reason for my toss-and-turn grade.