Get Out: A Risk Worth Watching

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When the initial trailers were released for Jordan Peele’s new movie Get Out, the clips were met with extremely mixed reactions. Some anticipated the film's release while others rolled their eyes at the idea of such an absurd topic. Peele even revealed to the LA Times that he asked himself before release, “What if white people don’t want to come see the movie because they’re afraid of being villainized with black people in the crowd? What if black people don’t want to see the movie because they don’t want to sit next to a white person while a black person is being victimized on-screen?” After the release of the film, however, it can be said that Get Out is a startlingly good movie and commentary on our society. Get Out has become a slight phenomenon in the horror genre, surpassing the $100-million marker and continuing to rise in profit. This remarkable success is comparable to that of Split, which was daunted upon reception but still climbed the ladder of success in theaters.

If you’re unaware of the plot or have still yet to see the movie, the narrative follows Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who is brought to his girlfriend Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams) family home for the first time. Chris is received well by Rose’s family, but things escalate from there as more guests arrive and as Chris tries to interact more with the family’s black servants. A distinct racial commentary is sprinkled throughout the plot through symbolism and motifs. While this approach may seem rather dull due to the issue's vast prevalence, Peele executes it skillfully, making any unclear messages completely visible and understandable in the final act. The script of this film is by far the strongest asset of this movie. Peele manages to slip in jokes that will make you laugh until your lungs collapse, as well as one-liners that will make you cringe and shift in your seat uncomfortably. The dialogue here makes you feel everything you should be feeling.

Get Out is an exceptional film that keeps audiences hooked through the basic mystery of the plot. This film takes a big risk in holding a mirror to society, ultimately revealing that the current racial situation is what should horrify us most in today's world.

By Sam Schraub


  1. I've been really wanting to see Get Out and this only makes me want to see it more

  2. I love how you didn't reveal too much about the movie, but enough to make people want to watch it; this is one of the best reviews I've read for Get Out