A black man is set to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time on a weekend trip at their secluded estate in the woods. Everything seems fine on the surface but it all gets stranger and nightmarish as the weekend goes on. Read my review…
Get Out is directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame. Get Out is a psychological horror movie that is a harsh social commentary on our society today written and directed by a man known for comedy sketches. Let that sink in for a little bit. Check our the trailer…
This is a very intense movie. Largely due to the direction by Jordan Peele and his method of ramping up the level of creepy in a very systematic and organic manner. This starts right at the beginning with the choice of song during the opening credits. Other very subtle ways are the behaviours of the characters when we are first introduced to them. The overcompensation by the parents, the behaviours and demeanour of the housemaid and the groundskeeper as well as the passive racism by the other white people we come across during the course of the movie.
In addition to the unravelling of the story, the performances are spectacular. Every single person brings it for their respective roles. As a result, the tension between the characters, the increasing creepy vibe and the overall message of the movie lands with aplomb.
I wasn’t a big fan of the goofy, comedic friend that didn’t quite fit the tone of the rest of the movie. But he did serve as the audience surrogate pointing out things that would go through my mind. So he wasn’t that much of a hindrance.
Overall, Get Out is a fantastic movie with amazing performances contributing to a highly intellectual exploration of racism. An absolutely brilliant directorial debut by Jordan Peele and I look forward to more of his work in the future.
My Score: 4.5/5 – A very well crafted and poignant story definitely worth watching.