Review: ‘Get Out’ is satirical horror that is not messing around.

In Get Out, Jordan Peele serves up a searing, satirical, horror-thriller about racial anxiety that is as necessary as it is smart.

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Racial anxiety can be¬†a deeply scary thing. And that’s exactly what¬†Jordan Peele tackles, no holds barred, with his feature film debut, Get Out.

It starts with the opening scene¬†–¬†a¬†lone black¬†man walking down¬†an unfamiliar suburban¬†street at night is¬†stalked by a masked assailant whose car radio blares¬†an¬†old-time song, “Run Rabbit Run.” The man¬†suspects, as do we, that he’s being racially profiled to a sinister end.

Next we meet¬†Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and¬†Rose¬†(Allison Williams) an interracial couple (he’s black, she’s white) who have been dating for several months. When Rose takes him to meet her well-to-do parents for the first time,¬†Chris is¬†a bit¬†nervous because she hasn’t told her parents that he’s black.¬†Rose dismisses his concerns, noting that her dad would have voted for Obama a third time if he could have.

Rose’s family, the Armitages – which consists of neurosurgeon dad (Bradley Whitford),¬†psychologist¬†mom (Catherine Keener), and creepy brother (Caleb Landry Jones) – all seem a little…off. Ok, so the “help,” Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson) happen to be black, but papa Armitage assures¬†Chris that it’s not “like that.” A yearly gathering of wealthy, mostly white friends and associates of the family proves to be an awkward event as Chris endures a stream¬†of casual racism. And that’s when things start to get really scary as Chris discovers a deeply nefarious¬†secret.

Peele has been honing his satirical comedy skills for years, first as a MadTV performer and later with his collaboration with Keegan-Michael Key in the comedy sketch series Key & Peele.

With Get Out, he straddles the line between horror and comedy throughout, creating a movie with an almost candy-coated surface but a bone-chilling heart.

There’s plenty to laugh at, including Chris’ sleuthy TSA-agent friend, Rod (Lil Rey Howery). But there’s plenty to creep under your skin as well.

Peele has called Get Out a ‚Äúdeeply personal movie,‚Ä̬†and a ‚Äúslice of the African-American experience.‚ÄĚ By¬†putting the African-American¬†experience regarding race relations in America front and center in a horror film, Peele¬†forces us to look at it, think about it, and be disturbed by it.¬†Like the best satire, Get Out is a movie that ‘goes there’, unapologetically, with results that are equally entertaining¬†and thought-provoking.

The audience at the screening I went to was very much into it Рlaughing, cheering, clapping, booing and jumping at all the right parts. With a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score so far, and a strong opening night on Thursday, Get Out appears poised for a big opening weekend that is bound to get people talking. And hey, talking to each other is never a bad thing.

 

 

 

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