When I saw the trailer for Get Out, I was immediately intrigued, but ultimately, I came to the conclusion that it would likely be another cheap, typical horror flick. Two things changed my mind on this film: that its director is Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame, and that it currently has an 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes by critics.
Peele had never directed a movie before, but I’m a big fan of their show, so it made me excited to see what he could do in a movie. It’s also very rare to see a movie with so many unanimously good reviews, so I thought I’d go check it out.
The premise of this movie shows a young black man, Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya), and his white girlfriend, Rose (played by Allison Williams) and their trip back to Rose’s house for the weekend. Chris had been worried about how Rose’s family would feel about her having an interracial relationship with him.
A common theme for the first half is that the family doesn’t appear bigoted or overtly racist, but in a very casual way, they do appear racist. Rose had mentioned a couple of times how embarrassed she was at how her family was acting. The way the movie portrays Chris’ feelings lets viewers empathize with the subtle racism he faces.
A fantastic aspect of Get Out were the supporting characters. Chris’ best friend Rod (played by LilRel Howery) is one of the best supporting actors I’ve seen in a movie, and he unexpectedly plays a huge role in the last part of this film. Rose’s family, the Armitages, have a party while the couple is there with many of their older friends, and these characters do an incredible job as well.
Jim Hudson (played by Stephen Root) was portrayed as a blind man who was ironically an art critic, but had his assistant describe photographs to him. Chris is a very talented photographer, and Hudson meets Chris in the movie and recognizes his name, loving his work. He also plays a huge role late in the movie.
Two things that horror films are infamously known for are predictability and ‘jump-scares’. Many horror movies are bad about these two subjects, and it turns moviegoers away from the genre. Get Out proved that you can make an extremely effective horror movie while staying away from those downfalls.
This movie had so many unexpected twists, turns and hints that weren’t obvious until something else gave you a realization about it later. This, to me, sets it apart, and gives the movie a more realistic feel. Peele pushed the boundary of a movie with some very unrealistic themes, but could make it realistic by masking those with relatable ones.
One thing I feel like I must also touch on is how different this movie was compared to my expectations drawn from the trailer. The trailer makes it seem like a crazy, demonic, other-worldly movie when it doesn’t become unrealistic at all until the near end.
I’ve had some friends and colleagues dismiss the movie because of the trailer, and if anyone reading this feels the same way, I strongly urge that you suppress those feelings and give this film a try. It’s well worth it, and Peele’s directing debut proves that he has a long future in this business.
I will say, I’ve also never seen a crowd reaction in a movie theatre quite like the one I saw at the climax of this one. I don’t want to give too much away, but I strongly recommend seeing this film. The roller coaster of emotions with this film belongs in a Six Flags. Strap in.