Get into “Get Out”


Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, surrounded by white dinner guests in “Get Out.” Photo from IMDb.

Story by Matt Francis, entertainment editor

Comedy writer Jordan Peele’s first foray into directing, “Get Out,” was released on Feb. 24. I saw the trailer a month or two ago, heard Peele’s name, and instantly knew that this movie would be receiving my money.

The movie stars relatively unknown actors, one being Daniel Kaluuya, who plays a young African-American man named Chris, serving as the protagonist. Chris dates a white woman named Rose, played by Allison Williams. Rose invites her boyfriend for a getaway to her family’s country home, a couple hours outside of New York City.

Initially, Chris’ encounters with the family is the typical awkward “meet-the-parents” situation, with the stereotypes being drawn on how a “normal white family” would react to an interracial relationship. This movie has your typical horror elements, such as a couple jump-scares and a little gore. However, the true eeriness starts to set in when we are introduced to the two African-American workers that the family employs, Walter and Georgina. The way the two interact with the rest of the family is definitely strange, allowing the viewer and Chris to pick up that something is not right about the situation.

Overall, the viewer can tell that there is just an off feeling throughout the entire movie, hidden by the awkwardness of the black versus white culture differences. The black versus white roles in the movie are multiplied when Chris must attend the family’s annual dinner party, which many rich white families attend. During this, we realize that culture differences aren’t the only thing making the family act the way they do towards Chris. However, the real twist comes about halfway through the movie, which I personally did not see coming and would make even the most dedicated horror fan scared for Chris’ well-being.

One thing that I wondered coming in though: how would Jordan Peele, a comedic genius, direct a horror film, something known for being serious. Well, that was answered in the character of Rod, a TSA agent and Chris’ best friend portrayed by Lil Rel Howery, who plays  the movies comedic relief. Even when you are scared out of your mind by the family’s creepy secrets, the phone call scenes to Rod give even the most frightened viewer a chuckle.

My overall encounter with “Get Out” was probably one of the best movie experiences I have ever had. During the movies final 20 minutes, everyone in my theater was either yelling and fist-pumping or clapping. A movie that can double threat as a horror/comedy and not come off as cheesy deserves every award that it can get. “Get Out” is a fine movie, showcasing wonderful, young and unknown talent that we will hopefully see in future works. Even if you are not into horror movies, it is definitely worth checking out.