White people at their craziest. So this is about a young African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who meets the family of his Caucasian girlfriend (Allison Williams) for the first time. They’ve got money for days, so who really knows what they are up to behind closed doors of their secluded estate? As you may or may not already know, this is from Jordan Peele, who makes up half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. He writes and directs here, but he also wrote the misfire Keanu, so I had mixed expectations for this… that is, before all of the overwhelming positive word of mouth and glowing reviews started to roll in. He has put together one of the smartest horror movies of the decade in Get Out, so I give him a major tip of my hat.
Here is a photo that is going to mean two radically different things to people who have seen the movie and to people who haven’t.
With race relations being the way that they are in this country, not only is this movie welcome, it’s actually needed, and it makes social commentary for days. Jordan Peele has also gone on the record and said that this is a movie that is designed to be seen in a theater, and if you wait for the home market, you’re missing out on a large part of the intended experience. Obviously, this is his baby, so he knows what he is talking about, but I had such a great time watching this in a theater filled with an audience of different ethnicities, I absolutely agree with him. You know the stereotype of someone that talks at the horror movie and interacts with the person sitting next to him/her? Someone that would yell at the screen for the protagonist to… well, get out? This movie has an actual character that does that for you. The best friend character (LilRel Howery) who is present almost entirely via cell phone always says the exact thought that is on the entire audience’s mind, and it is like Jordan Peele is actively speaking to the audience and breaking the fourth wall. It is a very nice embellishment on a film that is filled with smart decisions.
I didn’t even recognize Lakeith Stanfield from Atlanta until after the fact, a testament to his acting abilities.
Something that you should know about me is that I love a movie that will make me feel so awkward that I can barely stand to stay in my seat. Get Out made me squirm in the best way possible. It plays on stereotypes, and with the featured conversation topics that are chosen to be had between the people of different skin colors, it allows this movie to have a foot in the door of reality in what is very much a genre film. The story itself is a mystery, and I do recommend knowing as little as possible walking into this. It’s also a horror movie where your protagonist does not make bone-headed decisions, which is something that is all too rare within the genre. It’s hilarious, it’s intelligent, and it is rare that we get a movie that is this good in the first quarter of the year.
Get Out (2017) ****1/2
– Critic for Hire
Want to see where this fell in my list of best films of the 2017? See for yourself here.