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Get Out (2017)


February 27, 2017 - 9:49pm | FrighT MasteR

Your rating: None Average: 7.1 (8 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7
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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Jordan Peele
Cast: 
Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Betty Gabriel


There's been a lot of high praise for Get Out since its release, even sporting the coveted 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes for a time (down to 99% now). The hype is indeed strong, which surprised me since it honestly didn't look like anything special from the trailer. Despite the hype I still managed to go in with low expectations and while I did find the movie good and a step above a lot of other genre efforts, there's nothing really about it that stood out to me as the "perfect movie" that many seemed to make it out to be.

Though, I'll admit that this is definitely one of those rare horror flicks that successfully tackles some semi-taboo subjects that we normally don't see from the genre and it all surprisingly works. Comedian Jordan Peele (a self proclaimed horror fan) makes his directorial debut, which combined with a lot of satire and social commentary, tells the story of a young white girl named "Rose" (Allison Williams) who decides it's time to introduce her black boyfriend "Chris" (Daniel Kaluuya) to her white upscale family.



The couple make their way to the parent's secluded country home, where Chris is met with open arms, and while the parents are clearly overcompensating, it's the black staff's seemingly rehearsed responses and robotic behavior that's most alarming to Chris. Their peculiar actions only get more distressing as time goes on, leading Chris to believe that something odd is definitely going on amongst the family and he's now stuck in the middle of it.

In between all the strangeness are bits of comedy, mostly delivered by Chris' friend/TSA agent "Rod" (LilRel Howery), whom also doubles as the audience's avatar that plainly tells Chris to GTFO before it's too late on several occasions. For the first hour or so we simply follow Chris as he gets to know the family and their odd and awkwardly straightforward rich white friends during his weekend stay, with things getting stranger as the story progresses.

Part of the film's twist is fairly easy to guess early on, but when all is revealed it's a bit of a stretch to believe, but it makes sense looking back at all the events that occurred until that point. By then the film has gone from an uncomfortable mystery to a full blown horror movie, but you have to sit through an hour's worth of slow buildup and awkwardness to get there.

While not as masterful as many have made it out to be, Get Out is still an interesting and (at times) uncomfortable satirical mystery with an implausible, but satisfying climax. Ultimately, it's worth a look, but expect a slow burn story before it delves into more familiar horror territory.

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