Review

(AOTN) ‘Get Out’ is comedian Jordan Peeles first full-fledged film as a director, and boy does he drop a delicious treat on us to devour. The movie follows a young interracial couple Chris Washington (Daniel Kalyuua) and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) on their weekend excursion from the city to Rose’s suburban home where Chris is to meet her family for the first time. When I saw the previews for this it left me with mixed feelings as far as what to expect. The tone of the movie appeared to be of the thriller/horror variety, but knowing Peeles comedic brand and watching the trailers you get a feeling there may be some underlying magic masked in the form of a conventional winter thriller. In my opinion this is exactly what was delivered. An almost perfect blend of fear and laughs; this film is a well thought out and original thriller story riddled with twists, comedy and suspense.

peele on set

Technically speaking it is hard to find many flaws with Get Out. The cinematography was crisp and effective. The very first scene of the movie I believe is a single long shot that is beautifully handled and increases tension by how it is delivered to us. Many moments in the movie I was finding myself tuning into the soundtrack especially in a particularly ominous scene towards the end. In most of my movie going experiences background music tends not to become a focus of mine but I specifically remember being impressed with the sound design and quality of this film. Jordan Peele also uses a great abundance of impressive foreshadowing that pays off well. When I saw Get Out for the second time there were a few very specific moments of dialogue where the foreshadowing became apparent and I enjoyed trying to pick out as many like that as I could.

Get Out has many memorable characters and I believe this is one reason why I as well as many others have enjoyed it so much. As you meet each new member of the family and the servants who work the grounds you become more entrenched and interested in what is really going on. Each member of the Armitage family bears their own unsettling nature as the weekend progresses. Two supremely effective scenes are between Chris and the maid, played wonderfully by Betty Gabriel, and Chris and the groundskeeper, played by Marcus Henderson. In each of these scenes the level of creepiness and feeling of uncertainty is raised tenfold and neither is done through needless exposition. These scenes progress the plot in a dark manner purely through amazing character interactions and quality acting by everyone involved. You don’t need to be told what is happening the actors let you feel it, and that is an accomplishment most modern films don’t even aspire to.

get out "the maid"

One of the best parts about ‘Get Out’ is how it explores racial diversity and they ways in which people from different backgrounds interact. Peele is successful in weaving racial stigmas that African-Americans might experience when involved in an interracial relationship in a way that is both hilarious and honest. Daniel Kaluuya delivers a solid performance where you can see what he is thinking on his face as he interacts with so many out of touch, old money “white folks.” It shows us a reality that still exists in this world while serving it to us in a funny yet awkward and sometimes uncomfortable way. Many of the funniest moments of this movie are when Chris is talking to his friend played by comedian “Lil Rel” Howery, in which he is warning Chris about the dangers of staying with white people in a very over the type and exaggerated fashion that had the whole audience laughing out loud. A movie as successfully executed as ‘Get Out’ can serve to explore and disarm sometimes hostile misunderstandings between different people with moments of comedic clarity for all.

This movie falls into rare company when you consider how well it weaves together Twilight Zone style sci-fi horror with satirical laugh out loud comedic levity. It is done so successfully that it does not feel forced or cheesy and cheap, it feels natural and realistic how people would truly be reacting to these situations. That is an ingredient that is missing from most throw away sci-fi horror, smart characters. Peele treats us like adults and we have more fun because of it. This movie does a fantastic job of leading you down a path to a conclusion on the plot, rather than revealing new information and leaving the viewer to reconsider everything they thought was understood. This method of storytelling does very well to hold the suspense of the moment and keeps the viewers’ always wondering “what’s going to happen next?”

Overall “Get Out” was a great movie for Peele to burst onto the directing scene with. It satisfies all the major expectations you might have with this brand of film and gives you more with a unique story and memorable characters. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and would encourage consumers to support new directing talent. And always remember to keep your camera flash “on.”



About the Author

Joseph Belgrade