Get Out

30 Days with Netflix: “Get Out”

“Get Out” is a 2017 thriller film directed by erstwhile comedian, Jordan Peele. The film mark’s Peele’s debut as a director. And to much acclaim following his artistic take on racism and the originality of this story.

“Get Out” follows the story of an African-American man, Chris Washington portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya, and his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). The couple seem to have a normal relationship and whirlwind romance although Chris’s friend Rod (Lil Rey Bowery) has reservations.

As Chris and Rose’s relationship is progressing well, Rose decides that it is time for Chris to meet her parents.So they travel to Rose’s family home for a weekend. Rose promises that her family is not racist. On their way, there’s a little mishap. And when the police picks on Chris, Rose stands up for her boyfriend.

When they arrive at the Armitage family home, true to Rose’s words her parents Dean (Bradley Whitfield), Missy (Catherine Keener) and brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) are very welcoming. However, they have a black maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and garderner, Walter (Marcus Henderson). It makes Chris uncomfortable to see that the Armitage’s have black helps. But Dean assures Chris that they are not racist. He says they hired Georgina and Walter to care for his aged parents. And when his parents passed, they could not bear to let them go.

However, Georgina continually gazes blankly and Walter’s gaze is suspicious. They are Chris’s cue to “Get Out”. But he doesn’t get the message until he goes under Missy’s special hypnosis. Missy’s special therapy is supposed to help her patients quit smoking. The hypnosis reveals Chris’s troubled past. But things are not always what they seem.

The entire cast of the film give very strong performances. But Kaluuya stands out especially in the scenes which captured the hypnosis. His fear was so visible and real. “Get Out” begins with the abduction of Andre Logan, played by Lakeith Stanfied. By the next time the audience sees Andre, it is a different kettle of fish. His performance at the Armitage’s party is also one worthy of note.

But the best part of “Get Out” is the big reveal at the end. Dean had hinted it when he said, ‘My mother loved her kitchen so we keep a piece of her there.’ Those who pay rapt attention to the dialogue, will get it.



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A lover of the arts who sees film and television through the eyes of the Nigerian viewer.