by Caitlin Marceau
Get Out (2017)
Directed by Jordan Peele
The directorial debut of comedian Jordan Peele, Get Out is a masterful taste of modern American horror. The story follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) on a weekend getaway with his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), to meet her parents. What Chris doesn’t know is that the Armitage’s have mastered the science needed to perform brain transplants, and are planning on selling his body to the highest bidder who—through this operation—wants to live forever.
As a horror film, Get Out is scary. As a social commentary, Get Out is f*cking terrifying. Chris is an African-American man, and through his eyes we experience a world full of casual (and not so casual) racism, a world where his life is commodified and his body is objectified. The Armitages try to show how not racist they are by saying they wish they could vote for Obama a third time, the guests who attend the auction of Chris’ body make off-handed comments about his physical prowess, and the man who buys him tells him that his culture is in style.
Peele does an incredible job of showing the current, and incredibly tense, socio-political climate for African-Americans in the United States, as well as showing the long-lasting effects that slavery and institutionalized racism have on society. Peele uses imagery to highlight the divide between the life and intentions of the Armitages, and Chris’ plight.
Expertly blending horror and comedy, Peele makes Get Out a fun horror flick to watch, while tackling important issues. It’s an especially relevant film in 2018, is a good scare, and has an ending that will stick with you long after it’s finished.