Movie Review: Get Out

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Brionna Colson-Fearon, Staff Writer

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On February 24, 2017, Jordan Peele released the film Get Out, adding filmmaking to his list of professions as actor and comedian. With only a $4.5 million budget, his debut movie has already grossed over $156 million nationally, making it the highest grossing debut for a feature film based on an original screenplay. The comedy-horror film has been one of the most talked about movies for weeks, capturing the attention of millions.

(Note: Spoilers ahead.)

Get Out features Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams playing the roles of Chris and Rose, respectively. Rose invites her boyfriend Chris to spend a weekend with her family, and it does not take him long to realize there is something abnormal about them. He tries to get away with his girlfriend, but she and the rest of her family trap him in the house. Chris soon learns that the family runs a business in which Rose brings black people to their home and her father replaces their brains with that of their white counterparts. This is done so that the white people can have the bodies that they have always wanted.

During the entire movie, I was on the edge of my seat. I have never seen a film with a plot similar to this one, so, unlike other movies, it was almost impossible to predict what was going to happen next. The movie was full of plot twists, and there was never a dull moment. Daniel Kaluuya did an amazing job. It was so captivating watching him on screen that I felt like I was in his position. There was a moment in the film when Chris was hypnotized and he could not move his body. The camera zoomed in on his face, and by looking in his eyes you could see everything that the character was feeling. It was like Kaluuya had left his body, and the only person remaining was Chris.

Behind the intriguing moments and suspenseful scenes, Get Out had an amazing message behind it. It talked about how certain white people are prejudiced against black people, but they actually wish to have some of the attributes that we possess. There was an abundance of white people in the film who were looking for a black person whose body they could take control of. Peele was showing that whites feel that blacks hold the key to certain things like athleticism and strong physical features. It was creative of him to display this theme through a mysterious and thrilling movie.

Overall, I believe that Get Out was amazing, and I would recommend it to everyone.


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