Get Out (2017)

By Livia Peterson

Rooted in the current race relations, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out” knocked it out of the park – turning horror cliches into innovative satire.

The photographer Chris Washington (the understated Daniel Kaluuya) meet the Caucasian girlfriend Rose Armitage’s (the rather mediocre Allison Williams) parents – Missy and Dean Armitage (the underwhelming Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) during the weekend. Yet, the family members behave strange and bizarre circumstances occur – the violence ensues without providing the spoilers.

Believe the hype – “Get Out” is the first genuine surprise to be revealed during the 2017 (not counting M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback “Split”).  The caveat is you either do or do not buy into the superficial menacing opening sequence – perfectly sets the tone, but I did not buy into it at all. “Get Out” is disturbingly relevant (scolds President Donald Trump for implementing the travel bans and the like); however, a step further, regarding the eerie tone would’ve completely fulfilled the genre requirement. B

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