I know this comes a bit late (I’m trying to catch up on my reviewing), but if you haven’t already gotten out to see Get Out, you need to get out to see Get Out posthaste. That’s largely all I’m going to say about the movie itself. Now…..get out.
Alright, so a bit more, but not much, because 1) I have absolutely no idea how to go into how brilliant Get Out is without breaking its plot down completely, and 2) I’m not sure exactly that I could coherently do that and capture what makes the film work to absolute perfection. It is, undoubtedly, the best film of 2017, has no major stars, cannot be pigeon-holed into any one genre, and was made for $4.5 million by comedian Jordan Peele (he of Key & Peele fame).
The plot centers on an interracial couple, Rose and Chirs, (Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya) who are undertaking that most daunting of journeys several months into their relationship: meeting the family. In this case, they’re driving from NYC into deepest, darkest WASPy Connecticut to meet Rose’s parents. Stuff then goes pear-shaped. Sideways. Very VERY NOT OK AT ALL!!!
This is the first time I’ve seen Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya, who was fantastic (and already had been snapped up by Marvel to be part of next year’s Black Panther solo film), and the rest of the ensemble is very strong: Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Stephen Root, amongst others.
Director Jordan Peele, who also wrote the film’s script, does a masterful job, in his first directorial effort keeping a very tight, taut film on-track for the budget most films spend on the gaffer. Get Out is slotted as a horror film, and it definitely has horror and suspense, but it’s also deeply and darkly funny racial satire (and at times just flat-out funny). Some people say the film is a slap at elite white liberals, and I don’t think that’s intended past that Jordan Peele’s life experience is that he’s the child of a black father and a white mother and grew up privileged in the same area of the country in which the film takes place. There’s also a line of dialogue in the film that debunks the notion that there is any specific racial agenda (but I cannot tell you what it is….get out). If you haven’t checked out any of Key & Peele’s Comedy Central show, most of it is on YouTube, and it will in no way prepare you for the next degree level of talent that Jordan Peele shows in producing Get Out. If your theater still has it, go immediately or if you want to wait, the movie should be on Blu Ray on April 18th. GET OUT!