Get Out

By Jackie Raphael

4 stars 

I felt uneasy throughout this entire film, but in a good way. You know from the beginning what you are getting yourself into when you hear Get Out is produced by the same people who brought us The Visit and The Gift. While it is not as strong as those, director and writer Jordan Peele has still created a unique, gripping and surprisingly funny film. The story is about Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), who is introducing her African American boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) to her Caucasian family, including her father Dean (Bradley Whitford) and mother Missy (Catherine Keener). While things begin relatively normal, it soon takes a very strange twist. The plot obviously explores racial issues but in an unexpected and interesting way. All the actors do a wonderful job of portraying their peculiar characters. The setting is beautiful too and really adds to the tone of the film. There is also a great juxtaposition of happy music with disturbing scenes in a couple of pivotal moments. While the ending could have been stronger, Get Out is definitely memorable. Be prepared to jump in your seats.