Stephen Roots

Get Out – Review #73

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Teaser_poster_for_2017_film_Get_Out.pngGet Out, directed by Jordan Peele, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Lil Rel Howery. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

So, okay, it doesn’t take a genius to see the heavy emphasis on race in this movie. Now, as a person that is neither black nor white, I would like to say that I have a rather unique perspective of this movie, that I don’t have the bias that might stem from being challenged like this movie does. I could say that.

But I’m not gonna say that. In fact, I’m gonna throw the whole race thing straight out the window right after this section. Do I think race politics are important? Definitely. Do I think they belong in a review about a movie? No. I’m not gonna play favorites, even though in this case I don’t think I really can play favorite, but I digress.

So, what do I think regarding skin tone in this movie? I think that if the colors were switched around, I’d still be scared shitless because it’s a damn good movie. And that’s all I’ll say on that.

Oh my god, a thriller/horror movie that actually has some freaking tension. Blessed be! This movie proved to me and probably any other naysayer that comedian Jordan Peele actually had some talent besides making people laugh. There’s a classic feel to this movie, from its generally warm color palette to the relatively lessened camera cuts and movement, it’s a nice film to look at, almost definitely by design, because when shit starts to go down, you feel it. The terror crawls at you and hits you with that shiver up your spine and suddenly you’re feeling just a bit out of breath, and I got all that from watching on my phone.

The acting, oh man, it’s amazing. There is not a single person that doesn’t nail his or her role. Daniel Kaluuya as the main character Chris gives an absolutely stunning performance worthy of an Oscar nod. Same goes for Allison Williams as his girlfriend Rose. This movie came to my country very late, so perhaps the twist is already mostly known by now, but on the off chance it’s not, I won’t say anything about them, other than the fact that the two work off wonderfully of each other. Freaking threw me for a loop, the cast did.

I judge a movie by how effective it is technically and emotionally, and I am more than happy to say that it got both of those aspects down pat. First 10/10, 5 star rating I am giving this year, and I see no problem with that.

So, in conclusion, Get Out is thrilling, it is chilling, and most importantly, it is effective. It is this generation’s The Stepford Wives, and not just in a time sense. “Get woke”, and go see it. Full recommendation.