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Review: "Get Out"

by Jaymi Gooden - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 11:00 pm

Finally, a race movie not rooted in slavery or Jim Crow era. "Get Out" was haunting and thrilling and filled to the brim with dystopian vibes.

Directed by comedian Jordan Peele -best known from the comedy duo Key and Peele - the movie was his first stab at the big screen. From the audience's reaction including my own when I viewed it during the premiere Friday, Feb. 24, I can say that Peele nailed it.

This was hands down a film about the superiority of one race over another, specifically the white race wanting to control black people through some sort of transportation of the human mind. The white person would control the body of the black person while the person being controlled would have have a sliver of themselves remain in their body.

"Black is in fashion," was one of the quotes used by a white character interested in purchasing a black body. Black has always been in fashion. Every year, a new slave movie is released, one more vivid in depicting the cruelness of slavery than the last. If it's not slavery, it's a story of a prominent black figure in history defying the law of Jim Crow and ultimately triumphing and inspiring thousands to follow suit.

These tales are good and well-needed in the white-washing headquarters of the world, a.k.a Hollywood, but what was so captivating about "Get Out" is that these events were happening in modern day. 

In the movie, we're presented with a happy interracial couple, Chris and his girlfriend Rose, portrayed by actor Daniel Kaluuya and actress Allison Williams. Chris and Rose have reached the meet-the-parents stage of dating, so she invites him over to her parents' house. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to something much scarier.

The satire associated with "Get Out" not only keeps the audience on the edge of its seats but instills a thought-provoking atmosphere that is often lacking in today's film industry. Well done, Peele.

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