Get Out

Whereas most regular movie theaters show advertisements, lame trivia, and other generic content before a movie, Alamo Drafthouse theaters have pre-show content that usually relates in some way to the movie you’re about to see. It often has clips from movies with similar themes, featuring other work by the actors or director, pertinent viral videos, and other such content. I didn’t get to see much of the pre-show for Get Out, but I did notice that it included clips from both Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and The Stepford Wives, and that’s probably about the best combination of two films to describe Get Out.

Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya) is black. His girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) is white. They’ve been dating for a few months, and she’s taking him home to meet her parents Dean and Missy (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener), who don’t know that he’s black, and he’s very nervous about that. Her parents are both doctors (her dad’s a neurosurgeon and her mom’s a psychologist), so it’s a very affluent home. Dean is especially dad-like in his awkwardness and humor, and everything intended to put Chris at ease only heightens the tension and keeps his blackness at the forefront. And two top it off, their two servants, who also happen to be black, are behaving very weirdly.

There’s really not much that’s remarkable about this movie. The main themes are readily apparent, so there’s very little tension or surprise. It’s not a comedy, but the comedic bits that it contains work pretty well, which was definitely not the case for their previous “comedy” Keanu. But it is trying to be a horror movie, but there just isn’t anything scary or original about it. There are some jump scares, but those are obvious in advance and so are not very effective.

My biggest problems with the movie are the areas in which it simply didn’t make sense, but those are, unfortunately, not something that I can discuss here without going into spoiler territory. That, the constant attempts to shove Microsoft (especially their Bing search engine) down our throats, and the laziness of a story that has nothing we haven’t seen before in much better movies. I was honestly just bored through most of the movie, and frustrated with it after it ended. Maybe if I hadn’t let myself get my hopes up for this one, it wouldn’t have been such a disappointment.