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Film: Get Out

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Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

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Get Out is an enthralling journey that leads you recklessly through each scene, lurching into the unknown of what’s to come.

In his directorial debut, Jordan Peele has written a script which slowing but surely reveals itself, whilst constantly reminding you of the underlying race tensions in America.

Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris Washington. He and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) are going to see Rose’s parents for the first time as a couple. Rose tells Chris her parents have never seen her with a black man before, because she has never dated one.

Her parents and brother greet Chris with open arms, doing there best to get to know him, how he has dealt with trauma in his life and endeavor to make sure he is comfortable.

The opening scene is set to Childish Gambino’s song, “Redbone”. The poignant lyrics of the chorus tell the listener to “stay woke”, meaning keep your eyes open and pay attention to what is really going on.

“Stay Woke” is also the title of a Black Lives Matter documentary, detailing the tensions felt between black and white Americans.

Notable performers are the comic relief of Rod (Lil Rel Howery), Chris’s best friend.

Rose’s mother Missy (Catherine Keener) is cold and callous yet inviting, as she delivers what I believe to be the second best performance of the film.

The narrative ebbs and flows, almost breathing between scenes of warmth between Rose and Chris, to lingering moments of uncomfortable irritability as Chris is showcased to his girlfriends family.

As Chris and the audience learn what is happening, a sense of dread will wash over you. You will leave the cinema impressed, frightened, saddened and hopefully wiser to the broader issues the film addresses.

If any film were to get five out of five, it is this one.

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Film: Get Out