To be completely honest, I was ambivalent about “Get Out”. The horror movie/comedy/racially-themed film was just the blend of too many genres for me. As a horror film, it barely scared me. It INTERESTED me, and I watched it from beginning to end without stopping, but it’s cerebral rather than scary.Daniel Kaluuya’s central performance though was engaging, if not downright endearing, as the victim of most of the horror that is to follow. The plot revolves around him marrying into what appears to be the perfect Connecticut WASP family of a VERY badly cast, plastic fantastic white chick Allison Williams. I didn’t buy this crucial conceit of this film, which was this couple’s endearing love for each other.
Bradley Whitford and Katherine Keener are the girl’s parents, who quickly turn from Obama voters into some kind of Satanists. Set today, it seemed like they were all in a stock company of “The Crucible.” Oscar nominated debut director Jordon Peele just laid all his cards right out on the table from the get-out, so the “surprises” weren’t surprising at all, being telegraphed by the rather clunky script a mile off.
There was a mildly metaphoric chair scene as Kaluuya suddenly sinks into the floor. It’s a big, comfy psychiatrist’s chair and the psychiatrist is Catherine Keener, who has made a career in the Indies comparable to Parker Posey’s.
Does she look frightening to you as she’s pictured above in the first of many tea-cup stirring scenes? She looks the embodiment of hearth and home, which I guess is the point Peele is making by casting Everybody’s Mom/Sis/Girlfriend. She’s evil.
But this is the scene the “chair scene” which is what you come away from the film remembering. Keener is a good enough of an actress to pull this difficult hat trick off. She’s good and evil and the same time.
Or something of that kind. And while I admired the ingenuity of the film’s premise(Life in White America is a Horror for Black people) it didn’t hold me or move me.
But there was that chair scene….Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, I don’t think it’s going to win any of them.