Weekly Review: Get Out (2017)

Chris is appehensive to travel upstate for the weekend to meet his girlfriend’s family because of their interracial relationship. As he expected, the weekend starts off uncomfortably. The longer he’s there, though, the uncomfortable moments become more disturbing.

Get Out is written and directed by Jordan Peele, known for such works as Keanu, Key & Peele, and MADtv. Get Out is Peele’s directorial debut, and it has been critically acclaimed from the moment of its release. For the longest time, it had a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Seriously.

Since Get Out is a comedy horror film, it’s success spawned a plethora of articles trying to explain why people liked it. Many articles lauded Get Out for its use of social commentary, as if horror films have never featured social commentary before. That is far from the truth. The horror genre has always tackled social commentary. What could be a better way to explore the negatives of society than amplifying them with fear?

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When it comes to Get Out, the social commentary is just not subtle. It’s very obvious what Get Out is trying to tackle, and it’s a pretty relevant topic at the moment. I’m glad the film has done well in theaters. It took a while before I got to see it, but I knew I absolutely had to.

I’ll start off by saying that I really enjoyed Get Out. The uncomfortable atmosphere that’s laid out from the beginning really affected me. It was really tense. I thought the acting was pretty great. Betty Gabriel did a fantastic job as Georgina. Caleb Landry Jones was terrifying. Daniel Kaluuya holds the whole film together really well. It looks visually stunning too.

The story even took me for some loops. I thought I knew what the end game was, but I was pleasantly surprised. Peele takes this film into areas I would have never thought. While it is considered a comedic horror, I would probably classify it more as socially conscious horror with science fiction elements. It’s a much wordier description, but I think it’s far more fitting. The comedic moments are a very nice touch though.

Although I did really enjoy Get Out, I have to be an outlier and say that it probably shouldn’t be rated as highly as it currently is. I’m not one to give out numerical values to subjective material, but nothing is 100%, or 99% for that matter. Get Out is a really good film, certainly one of the better horror releases I’ve seen as of late, but it does have some problems.

I mentioned above that I really liked the atmosphere that was laid out in this film. It’s wonderfully dreadful. I felt a sense of unease the entire time. This feeling was damaged on several occasions by gratuitous jump scares. There were plenty of moments that were startling without that jarring bit of music. Personally, the addition of the jump scares really took me out of the moment.

My complaints are very minor overall. They don’t hold a candle to the many wonderful things that Get Out offers, and that’s why it’s been received so well. For a first time director, Jordan Peele really stands out. He blended his brand of satire and comedy and ventured into a niche genre, ending up with a pretty great movie.

Since this is a spoiler free review, I can’t really delve into all of the subjects that Get Out touches upon in its run time. There are certainly a lot of things that could be talked about. This is one of those films that you can watch a couple times over and see details you missed almost every time. Hindsight is 20/20.

I’m interested to see what Jordan Peele will come out with in the future. This is only the beginning.

Contrary to my usual format, I will be including a harmless clip rather than the trailer, which I feel reveals too much.


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