Get Out (2017)
When a young interracial couple make plans to meet her parents, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a little nervous because he is black and her parents don’t know. When they arrive, Chris notices that the help is all black people and that everyone is acting really strange to the point that he can’t even remember what happened the first night he was there. Things slowly begin to freak Chris out based on the conversations and interactions with people he meets, but it isn’t until he sees a friend of his that has been missing for months that he decides to take action.
Get Out is surprising written and directed by Jordan Peele who is famous for his comedy duo Key and Peele. Some might wonder why he is making a horror film when he does comedy for a living, but I assure you that his comedic nature is felt in this film. One of the characters feels just like him and probably would have been played by him if he probably wasn’t too old for the part. However, don’t let the comedy fool you, Get Out is a suspense horror film that delivers quite well.
If you read my horror reviews, you know that I’m very picky because most horror films today suck. They are made for a teenage audience and they rely on jump scares. The first thing I always judge a horror film is the opening scene and I can honestly say that wasn’t a disappointment, but it wasn’t memorable either. It set the tone decently but was too short to really create any tension. From here on out, the movie takes baby steps into the crazy and confusing. Every scene along the way creates a sense of weirdness that even has the characters saying “What the hell?” The movie sure does a good job at setting up a decent story, but I never felt a sense of dread because Chris never seems defenseless. Because the movie moves slower than I would have liked, the impending doom never fully set in causing me to “bite my nails.”
Another aspect that didn’t sit quite well with me was the fact that the “big reveal” didn’t happen until about 20 minutes was left in the movie. I think there was too much emphasis on the build up that it left little time for the action and resolution of the ending. There is a movie that comes to mind called You’re Next that felt a lot like Get Out mainly due to the comedic, action, horror nature, but I think that movie was 50/50 on set-up and resolution and didn’t feel as restricted at the end. Maybe it was because I knew Get Out had a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time, but I was expecting something out of a Purge movie to creep me out and I didn’t get it. I don’t think the people in this movie were shocking enough. They still felt like they could be trusted most of the time. That isn’t to say that Get Out is a bad movie, I just was hoping for something more elaborate and unsettling.
At the end of the day, Get Out is a decent and good horror flick that tells a good story and will have people talking. I think that M. Night Shyamalan tells better stories in this genre, and the twists were ones I was able to guess before they happened, but Get Out will surely entertain. My criticism might feel like I didn’t like Get Out, and there are reasons that will keep me from saying this is a great horror film, but I highly recommend Get Out and will tell people that enjoyed You’re Next to give this a shot. Co-starring Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel, LiRel Howery, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Marcus Henderson.
7/10 Stars – Creepy, funny and well-told, Get Out might be tame on the craziness, but it delivers for Jordan Peele’s first attempt at directing.