Get Out (2017)
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Written by: Jordan Peele
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 43 min.
On the surface, Get Out is kind of a blend of Who’s Coming to Dinner? and The Stepford Wives. A creepy horror comedy directed and written by Jordan Peele (of Keene and Peele) featuring a break out performance from Daniel Kaluuya. It hits the right tone, delivers a few mild scares and even cracks a few jokes. Hidden behind the trailer clip fodder, however, is what really makes this movie impressive.
Peele (sorry) away the layers, and you’ll find plenty to think about in Get Out. And perhaps once long held self-assurances you had about race will be challenged. We are human after all, and not very good at dealing with anything we don’t fully understand. Modern society has placed some politically correct Band-Aids over the subject of race relations, but there’s still a long way to go. Get Out isn’t concerned with the overt white hood wearing racists, it’s satirical finger points squarely at the folks overcompensating in order to prove they’re “cool.” People who, despite assurances to the contrary, still see color first and the person second.
Get Out is a reflection of that sentiment, dialed up to eleven for horror scares. Racism is the boogeyman hiding in the shadows, but there’s still plenty here to keep fans of traditional jump scare horror happy. And while I found the inclusion and placement of the film’s more comedic moments distracting, I’m still heartily recommending you see this film.
This is light on jump scares, and instead, creates a creepy tone while delivering a few surprise twists. It’s also light on gore, but loaded with great characters and a fantastic star making performance from Daniel Kaluuya.
I loved the scene when Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) gets hypnotized by Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener). It was at that point in the film I knew I was watching something special.