Yalla At The Movies – Get Out

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Going to the cinema is daunting when the reviews are in, and your movie choice for the evening is hailed as a “the most important movie of the year”, “positively fearless” and as a “brutal, smart movie … impeccably made.” It has a 99% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a horror movie, a genre that I love and respect.

All of this, and I headed into the screening almost positive that, for some reason, I was not going to like it. I’m not being contrary, I merely feared that I would be the one person on the planet who didn’t get it. I needn’t have worried.

Get Out is the first feature from Jordan Peele, best known as one half of comedy duo Key & Peele. And while this movie has plenty of laughs – mostly uncomfortable cringes as white, liberal, middle-class Americans try too hard get along with a young black man – it’s the deep, dark heart of the movie that makes it half horror, half brilliantly observed treatise on ‘post-racial’ America.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) are spending the weekend with her parents, to whom she has neglected to mention Chris’s race. She dismisses his discomfort, saying her father would have voted for Obama for a third time, if he had been able. It’s just one of dozens of moments of supposed liberal acceptance that belie a blindness to their privilege rather than his colour. At the family house Chris finds that the domestic help is not only black, but strange, and that other guests are politely, but unsubtly, fixated on his otherness.

The story has undeniable dystopian influences from Ira Levin works such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, but doesn’t feel derivative, even when the surreal denouement of the third act is unwrapped.

The movie clips along at a serious pace, but that’s because here in Iraq at least 30 minutes are missing from its 2 hour 10 minute official running time.

 

Don’t miss it 4/5

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