Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya (Chris Washington), Allison Williams (Rose Armitage), Catherine Keener (Missy Armitage), Bradley Whitford (Dean Armitage), Caleb Landry Jones (Jeremy Armitage), Marcus Henderson (Walter), Betty Gabriel (Georgina), LilRel Howery (Rod Williams)
Cinematographer: Toby Oliver
Composer: Michael Abels
Running Time: 103 minutes
Get out of your house and please head to your nearest movie theater to watch Get Out. Please give Jordan Peele your money, I want him to keep making films. Get Out is an expertly crafted and visceral film, with some hilarious comic relief. This film is more thriller than horror, but several scenes are downright chilling, so audiences of all interests should be satisfied. Get Out is one of the most entertaining films I have seen in years, please do yourselves a favor and watch it.
Get Out begins with our protagonists, Chris Washington and Rose Armitage, an interracial couple who are madly in love. They have been together for five months, and Rose believes it is time for Chris to meet her family. Chris is initially trepidatious because he is worried her family will not like him. After some time, Chris reluctantly agrees to go with her and meet the family. Unfortunately for Chris, the moment he meets Rose’s family, something seems off, and even his worst suspicions are nothing near what lies beneath.
Jordan Peele is a brilliant mastermind, and Get Out further proves this fact. This is one of the most original horror films I have ever seen. Visiting a girlfriend’s family has always been a horrific prospect, but not like this, Peele took that idea and turned it into something more. As he and Keegan-Michael Key proved with Key and Peele, you can be smart and funny, while also saying something important in the process. Peele turned what might have been a standard horror flick into a socially complex story about a hidden sect of racism, one that is not given enough credence by today’s media. Not to mention, the visuals in Get Out are also entirely unique. When Washington is hypnotized by Missy Armitage, he sinks into the chair. In that particular scene, Washington is sinking, and it looks just like how it feels when you are sedated by elephant gas or anesthesia. Washington felt powerless, as things were slowly drifting away from him, I loved this part of the film from a visual and creative standpoint. Peele also wrote the film, and the script is thrilling and hilarious. There were no weak points in the script, and all of the characters were believable.
Jordan Peele did an excellent job in selecting the cast for Get Out, there were no weak links in the film. The leading man, Daniel Kaluuya, was effective and charming throughout the film. In dramatic scenes, Kaluuya never missed a beat, and he was able to give the audience a character who you could root for. Williams is also a standout in the film, I was surprised that she was as convincing. It’s nothing against her, I figured her character would be heavily clichéd and mundane, but that was not the case. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, who played the Armitage parents, were both able to demonstrate upper class racism. Whitford and Keener expertly displayed the naïve behavior that some people have around African Americans, and it was a thrill to watch them. All of the aforementioned performances were excellent, but one actress was in a class of her own, Betty Gabriel. Gabriel was superb in her role as Georgina, the Armitage house maid. She was by far the creepiest character in the entire film, and this is due to Gabriel’s acting ability, coupled with Peele’s script.
While Get Out is primarily a psychological thriller, it also serves as a comedy. It is clear that Peele didn’t want this film to be a strictly serious horror film. That’s not to say this film isn’t as effective, Peele just opted for a more comedic horror film, much like Cabin in the Woods, or The Visit. Adding humor does not dilute the message of a film, Get Out still had something important to say. Now let’s get to why the film is also funny, nearly all of the humorous scenes involved LilRel Howery, played by Rod Williams. Howery is a TSA agent, and he’s Washington’s best friend. This character provided most of the comic relief of the film. In my theater, the audience loved him, kudos to Williams for his comedic delivery, and Peele for creating such a brilliantly funny character.
Overall, Get Out is a thrilling, socially conscious, and incredibly entertaining film. The script is sharp, the performances are perfect, and Peele’s direction is stout. Get Out is Peele’s first film as director, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.
How good was Get Out?
3.5 out of 4 stars