“ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives”
“ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” in “Get Out,”
in which a white girl brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, whose superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret.
Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless
— which is not at all the same thing as scareless.
In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that
white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery,
“Get Out” delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences.
But it’s the fact that Peele doesn’t pull a single one of his punches that makes his
Blumhouse-backed debut a must-see event.
First teased in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival,
“Get Out” represents a searing political statement wrapped in the guise of a more innocuous genre:
the escape-the-crazies survival thriller, à la “Deliverance” or “The Wicker Man,”
where sympathetic characters are held captive by a deranged cult.
In “Get Out,” the protagonist, a dark-skinned black man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, most recently seen in “Sicario”),
“Do they know I’m black?” he asks.
Their love is color-blind, but the world isn’t — and Chris is rightfully wary of how other people might react to
seeing them together. When they get to her folks’ house, however, the Armitage family’s reception couldn’t be warmer.
But there’s something off about the help.
Equally unnerving are Chris’ hyper-polite interactions with Mr. and Mrs. อ่านต่อ