Meeting the parents for the first time in any relationship is a daunting experience for anyone. You dress to impress and change your mannerisms to suit, all to get the girl to be rightfully yours. I think it’s safe to say everyone has had an awkward situation with meeting the parents. The first time I ever met a girl’s parents, it was a mixture of awkward silences and differences in opinions, probably why that relationship didn’t last long. Psycho-girlfriends, on the other hand, is a different story, but not as terrifying as this one is.
Get Out follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American on meeting the parents to his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) for the first time. Ignoring the stereotypes and the stories he’s heard from his friends, they seem to be very welcoming and friendly upon arrival to the wonderful house placed in the middle of nowhere. However, as the weekend goes on, he soon realises that his worst nightmares are becoming a reality and her parents are not what they seem to be. With the mysterious happenings going on, does he survive the weekend with the parents or does he become a part of the “family”?.
First and foremost, a massive round of applause is needed for Jordan Peele. On his directorial debut, he has single-handedly created one of the most psychologically f*cked up films of the year. Taking something so politically insensitive and incorrect and turning it into a normal part of day to day life within a family is so ingenious. It’s something most directors would never have the guts to do but Jordan Peele has pulled it right out of the bag with this one. Considering he comes from a background of being an actor and comedian to becoming a writer, director and producer all in one film is astonishing.
Peele isn’t the only one in the spotlight, Daniel Kaluuya makes a statement on his acting career. From seeing him in the likes of Skins, Doctor Who and Black Mirror, this is a huge step up. Taking on such a character is a difficult job but with the guidance from Peele, he manages to successfully portray a disturbed and confused persona. Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Caleb Landry Jones flow off of each other with ease, making them a family to hate and detest. It may be from how well written the parts were for each of these characters within the Armitage family in what made them so hated. Seeing them disgusting playoff each other to create such a monstrous family made me convulse.
To be honest with you, I could talk about Peele all day and this masterpiece in which he has created. He has written it to tease audiences into thinking the worst about each of the situations. He makes us see things which don’t physically happen within the movie. This is what makes the film so powerful within its message. As someone who has grown up surrounded with these stereotypes and to see them in full action is truly intriguing and utterly ridiculous to watch as my brain thinks in this way.
With the Oscars being awarded soon, I would love to see Get Out wipe the floor with the likes of The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name and win the title of the best feature film of the year. However, I don’t believe it will ever get the full credit it deserves and win the awards in which it should get. It will be the underdog in the run-up to the awards, but you never know, something mysterious always happens…