Get Out – Film Review

Get Out is a recently released horror/thriller/suspense movie, and it’s directed by Jordan Peele from the hilarious sketch comedy series, Key and Peele. I know what you’re thinking; a man known for comedy directing a horror movie? Honestly, that does sound a bit strange. Key and Peele is a very hilarious series though, in fact, me and my mom actually really love that series.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black man named Chris, who has a girlfriend named Rose, who is played by Allison Williams, and when Chris is about to meet Rose’s parents, he begins to get worried because he is not sure if her parents know if he is black. And when Chris gets to Rose’s house, a lot of crazy and strange stuff begins to happen.

Firstly, I have to praise Daniel Kaluuya who plays Chris. This guy is an absolutely amazing actor, and this is definitely his breakout role. He has been in other films before, like Sicario, but this is definitely the role that people will for sure remember him for. This character feels so real, in fact there was not a single scene where I felt like this was a movie character. Such incredible acting. Also, Allison Williams does a great job as Rose, Chris’ girlfriend in the film. She is also in this film, just like Chris, oblivious to all these strange things happening to Chris, and throughout the film, she is there to basically reassure him that he will be okay.

Lakeith Stanfield (left) as Andre Hayworth and Daniel Kaluuya (right) as Chris Washington in Get Out (2017)

Also I have to talk about Lil Rel Howery in this film. This guy, is one of the most memorable movie characters in some time. Some of the things this man says in the movie, had me laughing so hard because his character is so well written. This guy says what some people might be thinking when they are watching the film, and pretty much everything this guy says is with a comedic touch.

That’s another thing to praise about this movie is that, on top of it being very strange and scary, the film is also hilarious. Even though Jordan Peele, the director, is known for comedy mainly, sometimes it can be very hard to combine two genres in one film, but
Peele did a fantastic job, mixing comedy and horror together. The two genres seamlessly blend into one amazing film that had me laughing and had me scared the entire film.

Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in Get Out (2017)

The story to the film is so intriguing once you actually get into the swing of things, but there is something that I didn’t like about this film. There is one scene in the trailer that looked very interesting – and it basically showed this skeleton like animal and when I saw the trailer for the first time, I was interested to see how that would come into play in the story, however that scene was not shown even a single time in the actual final version of the film. Also, there’s a scene in the trailer where you see a man running at full speed towards the camera and then quickly turns, which has now been made into a challenge believe it or not, where you film a friend running towards the camera and they quickly turn. The scene where the man runs towards the camera was in the film, but it doesn’t really make sense. They do try to explain what that scene was all about later, why
he was running, but the explanation I thought felt quite lazy.

Besides that though, Get Out is a masterpiece in filmmaking and effortlessly blends two genres, and I can easily see myself rewatching this film again. I love this film, it’s definitely one of my favorite films, maybe of all time.

In-Summary: With Get Out, Jordan Peele does a magnificent job at making a film that scares the daylights out of you, while also managing to be a hilarious and philosophical masterpiece.

 Overall Grade: A

MPAA Rating: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Marcus Henderson

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Running Time: 103 minutes

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