|Tell me you wouldn't freak out if you saw this dude running at you full speed in the dark!|
"Man, I told you not to go in that house."I have seen my share of films that deal with racism. For this particular review, white on black racism. From this average white guy's lower income perspective, some make you think about things you may have never fully noticed before (Malcom X, A Time to Kill). Some may use humor to show the ridiculousness of hatred (Blazing Saddles, Django Unchained).
Other films won't mince any words and just smack you right upside the head with their message (Mississippi Burning, Beloved). There's even a couple that I've seen that have tried and failed to be taken seriously (White Man's Burden, Bamboozled). But regardless of how well these and other stories have been told, all films that deal with bigotry help to shed a light on things that many of us usually ignore, even the little things.
Get OutA film that deals with the little everyday forms of unintentional racism that comes from many of us (honkies), is the thought provoking Get Out from Jordan Peele (Key & Peele). Eddie Murphy may have warned y'all about scary movies from his stand up routine (Delirious), but this movie is designed to dive into an area of bigotry that most of us ignore, or at least deny.
I believe that one of Peele's messages here, is that even the small things can eventually turn into bigger things down the road. And this picture delves into a realm of the true opposite of love which is not "hate", but is actually "indifference". The wronged in Get Out are not picked from some form of genocidal rage, although in a sick way, the physical attributes of blacks are carelessly admired and used for an extremely creepy premise. It's like an exaggerated form of how we enjoy sports today. About twenty minutes or so into this, I realized that this wasn't going to be some comedic bit like I saw on the Key & Peele show.
I realized that there was a definite level of tension that reminded me of scenes from films like Inglourious Basterds and Don't Breathe. The story, script, and execution play out like a seasoned writer/director was behind the helm. Even though last year's Peele co-written Keanu was mediocre at best, Get Out works like he's been directing big screen dramas for years. There is a couple of moments that are hilarious, yet the film's overall humor is from the uncomfortable oddities in everybody's behavior.
Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) is so good in this, that his down-to-earth character is able to effortlessly take us through the many ranges of emotions that he goes through. What's equally believable, is his relationship with his melanin deficient girlfriend, played by Allison Williams (Girls).
They clique on a level of dialogue and chemistry where many films fail to capture. Her parents are nearly just as effective with Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things Are) and Bradley Whitford (The Cabin in the Woods) making things more and more uncomfortable by the minute. At first they're just a little different, until their true agendas start peeking through and the manipulations begin. The supporting cast is also well written here as well.
Lil Rey Howery (The Carmichael Show) is Kaluuya's only connection to the real world and delivers some of the films best lines. Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Caleb Landry-Jones (The Last Exorcism), Marcus Henderson (Django Unchained), LaKeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), and veteran character actor Stephen Root (Office Space), all give performances that range from brilliant to creepy, and sometimes both.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Get Out
The Good- That early moment when I realized that this wasn't a dumb comedy, out for a late night sprint, trips to "the sunken place", on display for the guests, the silent bingo, convincing the cops, "get the keys!", and thank goodness for chair padding.
The Bad- I know that the smoking thing was just an attempt to get Kaluuya under hypnosis, however some of the reasoning for him to quit was a bit of a stretch.
The Ugly- Is it wrong that during an action packed scene near the end, I laughed hysterically at a perfectly timed, "Run nigga!", from someone in the audience?
Final ThoughtsGet Out lives up to the hype and reminds all of us whiteys that even if our intentions are good, bringing up Tiger Woods, Barrack Obama, etc, just for the sake of being cool in front of anybody who's black, is kind of insulting. Besides, I'd rather be honest and talk about Barry Manilow (he writes the songs) instead. See this in theaters and witness a promising film making future from Mr. Peele. He's like that David Alan Grier guy from... Dammit, I'm doing it again. Sorry.
Rating- 8.5 out of 10
Get Out (2017)
R | 1h 44min | Horror, Mystery | 24 February 2017 (USA)
A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford