Rarely, does a horror film have so much to say, and then utter it in the most eloquent prose possible. Get Out is truly a one-of-a-kind thriller in its subject matter, its subtext, and its resonance. And that is why it is one of my #ConTENders for the Top Ten List of 2017.
“Written and Directed by famed comedian and sketch comedy guru, Jordan Peele” is a sentence one would expect when discussing the likes of Keanu (or a potential sequel), but not a horror film. Yet, Jordan manages to break tired ground and till it until the seeds of evil are ready to be sown.
This film takes a unique approach to the racial commentary flooding the market these days (not because it’s worse, but because racism is still prominent). Jordan writes a cleverly crafted method to bring about the conversation regarding the internal question: “Am I racist?”
Get Out stars the next “actor to watch,” Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, from whom many may recognize in his season one episode of Black Mirror, “Fifteen Million Merits,” or from his part in Sicario. In Get Out, Daniel shines as the first black boyfriend that his girlfriend brings home to meet her parents. He’s rightfully wary of such an awkward experience, but only his friend has an idea as to what extent.
The supporting cast is sublime; chock full of long-standing quality actors such as Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, and Stephen Root to name a few. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the brilliantly disturbing turn taken by Caleb Landry Jones as the brother of Rose (Chris’ girlfriend).
The film twists the cliché racist phrases and undertones and makes the entire audience feel guilty for it. Although, I must admit that I would love to see racists react to this film. They probably were the most terrified.
Get Out is also one of the most beautifully shot horror films that I have ever seen. It creates inventive ways in which to display certain elements, and uses light (and the lack thereof) to a precise effect.
I always knew Jordan Peele was a fan of horror, but never in a million years did I imagine that he would make one of the best horror films this side of *INSERT YOUR FAVORITE HORROR HERE*. Seriously, it’s as good as anything you could possibly choose.
Go in to Get Out with as much ignorance as possible, and you just might find yourself leaving fully “woke.”
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Fun pieces of media once you’ve finished the film:
Things You May Have Missed in Get Out (Be warned, some are stupid as all hell).
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