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There has been so much hype surrounding this movie, and there’s a good reason for it. The trailer was excellent, and the man behind the camera is one half of an amazing comedic duo in Key and Peele. Years later we found out that Jordan Peele was a big horror fan. Who knew? I didn’t. It’s always fun to see someone you’ve been watching for a long time move into something different. And did I mention that this trailer was fantastic? We had a great year in horror in 2016, but 2017 has been a bit of a bust between The Bye Bye Man, Rings, and even Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. We need a solid horror movie to get us back on track, and Get Out and its 100% on Rotten Tomatoes was trying to give us that horror movie! Let’s talk about Get Out!
Get Out is directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener. Chris, played by Kaluuya, is headed out to the country to meet his girlfriend’s family. It’s all great until Chris realizes that his girlfriend, played by Williams, has not told her family that he is black. She insists that they won’t care, but Chris starts to smell something a bit fishy once he gets there, and this family might not be as warm and welcoming as they appear.
Like I said above, it’s always a blast to see someone you’ve been a fan of for a long time step behind the camera, and Jordan Peele knocked it out of the park with this movie. Get Out is so well-directed and edited, and the way Peele captures horror is great. He does a great job milking the thrill out of scenes and directing them in a way that is going to catch the audience’s attention. This movie isn’t just well-made. Despite the fact that the entire cast is brilliant, Peele is actually the star, but for a whole other reason than because he composes shots well. This feels like a movie made by Jordan Peele, and in that, I mean that while you sense an obvious passion for horror, you also see certain moments that key (no pun intended) you into the fact that he wrote and directed this film. There are so many times where I smiled and thought to myself how much a certain scene played out like a Key and Peele sketch, and if you’re a fan of his brand of entertainment, I think that you will find enjoyment in Get Out. This is a horror movie, but Peele does an excellent job working comedy in. Lil Rel Howery plays the best friend of Chris, and every time he’s on-screen he completely steals the movie away. He’s so funny, and Peele is able to find an area for comedy in his social commentary. If you saw this trailer and thought that Jordan Peele was going straight for the horror elements and that he was going to check his comedy at the door, think again, because this movie is hilarious, and there are times where I had more fun watching the jokes than the horror. That brings me to the next thing that I loved about this film, and that’s the fact that it’s able to give a relevant social commentary while not taking a typical stance. Of course we see what Nate Parker did with The Birth of a Nation last year, and that film has the obvious look at race relations in America while also trying to say something about America today. The thing is, we’ve seen that before, and we’ve seen it executed in a more profound way than we did in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. Get Out incorporates the message into the story beautifully while also calling out a lot of tropes from a different perspective. We’ve seen racism through cruelty, but Get Out puts on display relationships and reactions that people tend to have when they don’t consider themselves aware of race. It shows conversations between a black person and a white couple where the white couple will make an observation about the other person’s skin color, but they will do it in a way that they think will not be offensive. The white couple will say, “I don’t care about the color of you skin,” when in reality there wasn’t really a reason to make a comment on race at all. You can have conversations about professionalism and applicable topics without bringing up race, even if you discuss race for the sole reason of discussing the fact that race doesn’t matter. I think Peele explored that idea in such a great way, and it’s such a new take on this idea. I can’t wait to see what Peele does next because he’s a talented filmmaker who can give us a different look at many of the issues that Hollywood faces.
This movie isn’t without flaws. In fact, I do have some major problems with it. First off, I think that the build up is very slow. The final forty-five minutes of the film moved very quickly, but the first hour or so felt very slow and standard to me. I wasn’t fully interested or emotionally invested until I started to see Peele’s social commentary, comedy, and horror skills go to work, so prior to that, the film moves very slowly and tries to switch between comedy and thriller elements that don’t balance each other well. They work amazingly well by themselves, but together, it starts to get rocky. Next, a lot of plot points are convenient or don’t exactly make sense. Sometimes it feels as though Peele had an idea for a two-minute long horror short that he decided to incorporate into this film simply because Get Out is a horror film. Sometimes scenes, scares, and moments don’t fit, and they are another reason that I had some pacing issues with the first half. Finally, I actually don’t like to make predictions early on in a film just because I like to enjoy the ride, but I pinpointed a key plot point and a big reveal in the second scene. Again, I’m not trying to pat myself on the back, but it’s very obvious.
Overall, Get Out is a good debut from Jordan Peele, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. On top of the fact that this movie is beautifully shot and directed, I think it’s just as important to note that Peele’s stylistic approach to scene structure is fully on display, and if you’re a fan of the way scenes in Key and Peele are structured, you’ll probably have a blast with Get Out. He manages to make a great horror film, but he also incorporates some absolutely hilarious comedy into the film, and Lil Rel Howery delivers some of the best laughs I’ve had in a movie theater in a long time. What’s great about the way Jordan Peele faces the racial situation is that he doesn’t go after the cruel approach. Yes, there are some messed up things going on in the background that give us the horror element, but as far as Peele’s look at the social norms go, he goes with an approach that faces the typical person who likes to tell everyone that they don’t see color. I can see why that would make a person uncomfortable as compared to simply having a professional conversation about, say, jobs, kids, passions, hobbies, or family. I had some pacing issues with the film, especially in the first hour and the build-up, and I do have a big complaint as far as one extremely predictable element of the story goes, but Get Out makes me excited that we have Jordan Peele in this world as a filmmaker. I’m going to give Get Out a 7/10.
Will you be seeing Get Out? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! In case I don’t get a chance to get a review for A Cure for Wellness out, I’ll just say that if you’re headed to the theater looking for something different this weekend, treat yourself to a strong double feature of Get Out and A Cure for Wellness. Thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!