BY ISAAC COATES —
At a time when society is ready to openly engage in discourse on an array of social issues, director Jordan Peele delivers the film “Get Out,” which does a stupendous job in presenting a movie about racism that is comedic, horrific, and thought provoking.
Peele uses the story as a vehicle to discuss racism, race relations, and society’s perceptions of racial/interracial relationships. The horror aspect of the film creates the fictional story that the audience sees on the surface, the comedic aspect helps viewers see the film in a relatable manner, and the ambiguous aspects of the film help make the bigger points about the social issues that exist today.
The characters in the film are stereotypes of both race and social class. This film plays off these stereotypes to exhibit the reality of society, while also contributing to the satirical aspect of the film.
Commercially, “Get Out” was a success at the box office. According to Time.com, the film cost $4.5 million to make and earned more than $250 million worldwide, a 630 percent return on investment. It didn’t do badly in the awards arena either, earning four nominations at the Academy Awards, scheduled to air on March 4, for Best Picture, Best Director (Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Peele) and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya). The film also earned two nominations at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Actor (Kaluuya again).
In the film an interracial couple, travels to see the girlfriend’s affluent parents in the countryside. It is during this visit, that her boyfriend gets to know the family on a deeper level, which leads him to a shocking discovery.
Protagonist Chris Washington ( Kaluuya) has a cultured persona that differs vastly from his girlfriend’s and her family’s. This cultured persona pertains to the African-American culture, which Chris’ girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) and her family seem enamored by.
Rose’s family’s adulation grows more eerie as the movie progresses. Chris notices the awkward behavior of all of the African-Americans who reside in the area, leading him to believe that Rose’s family and the other Caucasian peers of the community are doing something to the African-American residents.
As Chris tries to uncover the truth, the inclusion of supernatural scenes, comical situations, witty dialogue and unpredictable moments all add to the phenomenal buildup to the movie’s climax. To say more would be to ruin the surprise, but it is a surprise worth waiting for and film worth seeing.
Overall the film is enticing in almost every scene and doesn’t disappoint as it builds up to an unpredictable climax and provides a satisfactory ending that has led to the film receiving predominantly favorable views by all critics.
“Get Out” sets the bar high for films looking to provide an intriguing story with underlying social messages. If this film is an example of what type of movies directors are striving to produce in 2018, movie viewers should be excited.
This is one in a series of reviews The Pioneer Times will run of movies nominated for the 2018 Academy Award Best Picture until March 4.