Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya, of Sicario) is a young black photographer on the rise; Rose Armitage (Allison Williams, of Girls) is his wealthy white girlfriend. Chris and Rose have been together for five months now, and Rose has decided it’s time for Chris to meet her parents. Chris has reservations about this (has she told them he’s black? no?), but he goes along. Now here they are at the family’s luxe country estate, deep in the heart of white world—and not far from Hell, as soon becomes clear.
Get Out is a terrific first feature by writer-director Jordan Peele (of Key & Peele). It’s a horror movie that’s really creepy, but it’s also a sharp comedy that’s really, really funny; and the brilliant thing about it is that both the creeps and the laughs are solidly rooted in the director’s raw and unblinking racial observations.
Peele is obviously a horror-movie buff. The opening scene here, with a black kid being stalked on a late-night suburban street, recalls the classic leafy menace of John Carpenter’s Halloween; and parts of the rest of the film echo such earlier fright flicks as Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives. But Peele brings a spin to the terror tradition that’s all his own, and his movie plays like an instant classic, writes Kurt Loder.