Film Focus: Get Out (2017)

If you think there’s no way to positively present racism, you’re wrong. Get Out does so with ease and manages to creep every living cell in you. Director Jordan Peele perfectly captures the flawed society we are currently part of and somewhat truthfully depicts the prejudice that still exists between white and black people. His horror film is fictional, yet the more you watch, the more you find the resemblances with real life. Yet, the more you watch, the more you doubt everything – the plot, your beliefs, their motives. Creepy, I tell you.

The story revolves around Chris, a young black photographer, who’s packing to go meet the parents of his girlfriend, Rose. He jokingly asks her if she’s informed them about the colour of his skin and they laugh it off, but it becomes clear that this is going to be the key motif of the film. Once they arrive at the house, Chris receives a warm welcome but remains rather reserved. Soon he learns that Rose’s mother, Missy, is a psychiatrist who likes to use hypnosis in order to achieve a variety of purposes, such as keeping her husband, Dean, away from smoking. This, however, is just the beginning of a multilayered horror film that will keep revealing surprises until the very end.

Daniel Kaluuya who plays Chris is not new to the provoking narratives – his appearance in Black Mirror, in Fifteen Million Meritsportrayed a society obsessed with reality shows and living for the social approval, where he delivered a great anti-consumerist speech. Allison Williams, in the role of Rose, is another TV face that you might have seen before as she’s one of the main characters in Girls. Plus, Oscar-nominated Catherine Keener makes a thrilling performance as the controlling psychiatrists who likes to manipulate every situation and have everyone obey her rules, including the members of her family. Last but not least, three-times Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford completes the picture with his seemingly kind persona to add yet another layer to the troubled family.

The comedy background of director Jordan Peele pays off and Get Out is refreshingly funny despite its theme and horror function. Ultimately, the film is a psychological horror mystery that relies heavily on its plot and details, which for most horror films today is becoming rare. I would highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of the horror genre, who’s paying attention to current state of affairs, politics and culture, or who’s simply looking for a great piece of contemporary cinema.

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