Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99% (Critics) / 89% (Audience)
Directed By: Jordan Peele
Written By: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate. – (Source)
I loved all the racial/sociological satire and subtext in this film because a lot of it is stuff that any POC would recognize as being a pretty standard part of every day life in America but to GET OUT and Jordan Peele’s credit those moments are not so heavy-handed as to make the movie lose any of its thrills, scares, charm or humor. Regardless of any message being conveyed, at its core GET OUT is a wonderful horror film that delivers on every promise the excellent trailer made.
Jordan Peele is a revelation as a filmmaker for me because I would have never expected to get this level of film from the guy who wrote KEANU or even from the mind behind half of the Key & Peele comedy team (who I love to pieces). He showed a knack for creating tension and unease that I was totally surprised by.
As for the casting I can’t see any other actors playing the roles in this film. Daniel Kaluuya was perfect as the hero of the film, Chris. a character who would normally die sometime in the first half of a movie like this and who, through Kaluuya’s understated performance showed so much vulnerability and emotion that you don’t get to see from a black male character too often. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener brought an undercurrent of scary malevolence to their grating super-liberal Baby Boomers. Allison Williams did a great job as the two faces of Chris’s seemingly too good to be true girlfriend. And stand up comic Lil Rel Howery stole the whole movie with his one liners and comedic timing.
The only time I had any issues with GET OUT was in the final scenes of the movie where Chris fights back. As satisfying and downright enjoyable as it was to watch him mete out just desserts to the entire Armitage clan, I did think that the emotionless and downright cold-blooded manner Chris went about exacting vengeance didn’t see true to the character we were shown for the majority of the movie. he was a bit too emotionless Liam Neeson in TAKEN for me.
The knee-jerk reaction way too many white people on social media and in think pieces have had to this movie based only on the trailer is yet another sign of just how far we have to go as a country before any notions of being post-racial can ever be bandied about with confidence.
Final Verdict: A tight and tautly suspenseful horror/thriller with some truly hilarious moments thrown in for good measure that has revealed Jordan Peele to be a strong new cinematic voice who will have Hollywood (and me!) eager to see just how he follows up this nearly perfect film.