Plot: Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is about to meet his girlfriend’s parents for the first time and he is a little anxious, as she hasn’t told them that he is black. But Rose (Allison Williams) tries to defuse the situation by reminding Chris that her parents are liberals and voted for Obama. He is still a little nervous, but he has strong feelings for Rose, so the two soon venture out to make the introductions. While Rose’s parents make every effort to make Chris feel welcome, he can still sense some awkward energies, which Rose insists is just her parents being old and awkward. As some time passes, he also gets some odd vibes from the family’s black employees and then he learns the family is throwing a party, with a host of friends and relatives. His friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) is terrified by the things Chris is relating about the atmosphere at the house, but Chris writes it off as paranoia from his friend. But is it just an awkward situation that will resolve itself or is there a darker force at work?
Entertainment Value: The premise of Get Out is an excellent one, a darker, updated spin on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, but it quickly devolves into a heavy handed retread with no real teeth. The movie was a smash hit and resonated as a statement on racial issues, but as a feature film, I found it to be good, but not great. The movie is beyond heavy handed, not just with ham fisted symbolism, but in telegraphing every move in the narrative, so it rarely surprises or moves in an unexpected direction. I do think the movie is stylish and has some great atmosphere, but some subtle touches could have worked wonders here. The movie beats you over the head with clunky symbolism and obvious turns, then reels in what little subversion it has to provide the most obvious, forgettable conclusion possible. I just wish the movie had gone for the jugular and not played it so safe, or at least trusted the audience and not been so heavy handed with the content. I also dislike that a good amount of Get Out is recycled from The Skeleton Key, which means we have seen all this before. I do think this movie is better than that one, but a more original approach would have been better. Get Out is a solid thriller, but it was too obvious and heavy handed, in my opinion.
No nakedness. The movie even seems overly careful not to show much affection between Rose and Chris, though it does have some innuendo that plays off the obvious, well worn stereotypes. A little blood, but it is never graphic and only shown in brief, often off screen bursts. The dialogue relies a lot on racial elements and stereotypes, such as the white party goers and Chris’ over the top, TSA caricature friend. In other words, subtle is never a word to describe Get Out, but it does lead to some unintended humor, which could be good or bad, depending on your perspective. I appreciate the entertainment when the overly dramatic moments ring hollow, but some will dislike that it undermines the serious tone. I don’t feel Get Out was intended as a comedy, but it is so heavy handed and predictable at times, it turns into one. So the dialogue is memorable, for better or for worse. No real craziness, as the movie tends to telegraph even slight shifts in the story and plays it safe throughout. I would have loved a more unpredictable approach, but no such luck. Although, I am going to award one point for how bold and intrusive the Microsoft product placements are.
Overall Insanity: 1/10