By Dylan Patterson
“Get Out,” the new psychological thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele, one of the duo from Key and Peele, is one of the most stimulating and intriguing films that I have had the privilege to experience. Grossing more than $130 million in the box office so far, it displayed a perspective very rarely explored.
In a time of the Black Lives Matter movement, heightened awareness of police brutality specifically against the black community, along with a feeling of racial separation, Daniel Kaluuya portrays a black man who will be meeting the family of his white girlfriend in a secluded white estate. The perspective that Peele explores is that of how people of color feel when they are immersed in white culture and presence, where they are seen as the “Other,” an archetype not often felt from the white perspective.
This is a film for people of all walks of life, either providing a new perspective for some, or a chillingly relatable one for others.
If racism and racial hatred are not scary enough, an even more horrific and startling spin is added into the film as it progresses. As a deeper racism is explored under the facade of enthusiastic, open-minded liberal families, Kaluuya’s character is subject to even more than he could have imagined. You will constantly be on the edge of your seat in suspense, or doubled over with laughter from the comic relief character of the movie.
Peele does a fantastic job of portraying double consciousness on screen, the constant pull and struggle of black identity coined by W.E.B. Du Bois, showing the divide Kaluuya’s character feels between being black, but also just being a normal member of society and budding photographer.
This is not a film you will be able to see just once. The rich character development throughout the film, as well as the intensity of the topics analyzed will leave you checking your schedule for the next time that you will be able to see it.
**Disclaimer: R-rating for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.**