Review: Get Out
Never meet the parents.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is meeting his girlfriend, Rose's (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. He's concerned about how they'll take him as a black man dating their white daughter. But she brushes off his concerns. When he arrives he realizes that something far more sinister is happening when he sees her parents' black employees acting strangely.
The minute I saw this trailer, with Kaluuya and Jordan Peele's names on it, I knew I had to see it. I expected this to be more of a comedy than a horror film, but it isn't. While it's absolutely hilarious at times, it gets downright creepy in several places. It's far scarier than I would've expected it to be.
I feel like I can't do justice in describing the most important thing about Get Out, which is how it handles race. Every time I type something, it just feels wrong or stupid. Someone said it better elsewhere. To me, it brought forth the "I don't see color" discussion, which is something my parents always told me growing up, but now I feel different about. It erases struggles. The way Rose's family greets Chris at first shows that. I wish I could explain it better.
I've been in love with Kaluuya ever since I saw him in the short lived series The Fades. I love that he's the lead here. While I can't stand Allison Williams on Girls, her casting is actually kind of perfect here despite her limited ability. To explain why would be a massive spoiler.
The film does have a few pacing issues towards the end. There's a side story with Chris's friend, a TSA agent named Rod (LilRel Howery) that's so amazing. While it probably contributed to the slower feel, I don't even care. I loved it.