Review - 'Get Out'
You know that cliche in horror films where the black man is never safe and usually dies first? Yeah, screw that. Get Out subverts that trope by treating its audience to a thriller with a wicked sense of humor and a completely fresh perspective.
Get Out tells the story of a young black man named Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who is dating Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), a white woman. After five months of being together she takes him to visit her parents who live in a secluded house out in the countryside. Upon their arrival things get increasingly strange for Chris and he soon discovers that something sinister is afoot at the Williams residence.
First and foremost, Get Out is a taut thriller with an intriguing mystery that constantly keeps you guessing, but it's also an excellent social commentary and a gleefully funny dark comedy. Jordan Peele has crafted a film where each and every scenario is ripe with tense thrills, biting social satire and flat-out comedy. That's a hard trick to pull off. Rarely has a film kept me on the edge of my seat with its palpable sense of dread while also making me giggle uncontrollably from frame to frame. There were times during Get Out where I must have looked ridiculous as my expressions struggled to keep up with the revolving door of different emotions Get Out was making me feel.
As I mentioned, Get Out has some of the most genius comedic touches that are somehow laugh-out-loud funny while also being completely natural to the flow of the story. The humor also has genuine weight to it; it's meant to be funny but it's also sending an important message. This movie holds a mirror up to certain guilty (non-colored) people and shows them how ridiculous they can be in various situations. That might sound like the movie is being offensive, but Get Out softens the blow with perfectly implemented comedic bits that make it okay to laugh about it while also maintaining the importance of the message.
The comedic elements never go away entirely, but they do end up taking a backseat in the third act of the film where everything hits a breaking point. I can't gush enough about how this film ends. There's tension, thrills, blood and clever twists to the plot that only a master of the genre would be able to conjure up. Everything wraps up in such a satisfying way, and for once I left the theater feeling alive and like I had just seen something important and relevant, which is just so refreshing.
The movie wouldn't be much without capable actors, of which Get Out happens to have in spades. Daniel Kaluuya does a fantastic job in a mostly reactionary role. He's the straight-man and as people he interacts with become weirder and weirder his expressions and under-the-breath comments become more and more priceless. Allison Williams, who plays Chris's girlfriend also does a good job and has some stand-out moments as well. There are also memorable turns from Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and especially Lil Rel Howery, who is laugh-out-loud hilarious as Chris's superstitious friend that always has his back.
On top of all this, Get Out is also beautiful to look at. For a movie that has a budget that didn't even crack the five million mark, it's a technical marvel pure and simple. The score by Michael Abels also goes a long way in setting the mood of the film. The chanting that bookends the film is so effective and sets the tone perfectly for what's to come.
Get Out sets out to achieve many different goals, and miraculously succeeds at every single one of them. I don't think I've seen a more accomplished horror film in recent memory that is able to juggle so many different themes and ideas as adeptly as Get Out does. Jordan Peele has delivered to audiences a new horror film that I'm confident will go down as a classic, it's just that damn good.