I really am very late seeing Get Out, considering it came out in spring last year. Directed by one half of the popular comedic duo Key and Peele, Jordan Peele, and having heard a lot of great things about the film, I was really intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. I don’t really go for horrors often, so this was something a bit different for me.
First off the director deserves a lot of credit for how he handles this material and the social commentary woven throughout. It’s a bold film and it is refreshing to see a genuinely clever horror film that doesn’t just go for easy jump scares. Get Out doesn’t scare you in the traditional creepy clown or murdering monster way. This film scares you because of how connected to the story you become, and how horrific the situation is that the main character finds themselves in.
Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya of Black Mirror fame, is going to meet his girlfriends parents for the first time. This is a very relatable thing as we have almost all experienced that situation at some point. Kaluuya is great in this, making the character feel very real. The reactions he has to situations don’t feel scripted or acted, but feel natural for the character, and that’s a very big compliment to pay to an actor.
Allison Williams plays his girlfriend, and she does a great job conveying the various emotions she goes through, and her character arc is a little predictable but still thoroughly entertaining. The mother, father and brother are all welcoming and creepy at the same time, with the father, played by Bradley Whitfield who I can’t say I’ve seen before, being the real stand out of the three.
For me the brother character played by Caleb Landry Jones was just too one note and on the nose. From the second he’s on screen there’s no doubt about where the character is headed and he is a bit over the top and doesn’t sit well with the rest of the film for me.
That one point about that particular character is my only real issue with Get Out. The film tackles so many social issues and makes the viewer think about them. It suggests one thing and then twists down another path and keeps you on your toes throughout and never knowing what the next twist will bring. Get Out is a really smart film then creeped me out and made me think and it is fully deserving of the praise heaped on it, and the academy award nominations it has received.
Good: Several good performances and excellent direction of a intelligent story make Get Out one of the best of 2017.
Bad: one over the top character just took something away for me, but others might not have the same problem.
9/10 – Smartest horror film I’ve seen for a long time.