Anticipation: 3/5 I haven’t seen any trailers for GET OUT. The most I’ve seen is an image of one of the characters crying in a close-up. Everyone is buzzing about it, and I honestly haven’t heard a bad thing. I want to see what the hype is all about. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Jordan Peele’s other work in the comedy genre, so I want to give his work a shot in other avenues too.
Final Verdict: 5/5 Rarely do I find a movie that I immediately want to watch again, but I’ve found that in GET OUT. It’s been hailed as a little bit Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner mixed with horror elements, and that comparison is fitting. I was on the edge of my seat from the first scene and didn’t breathe a sigh of relief until the very end. Everything about this movie was beautifully executed.
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is a talented photographer who has a seemingly perfect life. He has a cute little dog, a beautiful girlfriend, and a best friend who is willing to help him while he goes out of town. Chris and Rose (Allison Williams) are taking a trip into the country to so she can introduce Chris to her parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). This would normally be a nerve-wracking affair for any couple, but this situation is complicated by the fact that Chris is black and Rose is white. Rose explains that her family is very open and welcoming, and that his race shouldn’t be a problem. When they arrive at the secluded Armitage estate, we start to get a vibe that something isn’t quite right. On the surface, Rose’s family seems perfect, but beneath the surface something feels off and Chris can’t quite put his finger on it.
When everything is so beautifully executed, it can be hard to pick out one element that truly shines, especially when you don’t want to give too much away about the plot. That being said, the use of music, both soundtrack and score stood out above the other elements. Only three popular songs were used in the film to enhance the tone and themes. The two of significant note hail from the movie’s beginning. In the opening scene we are privy to a rendition of “Run, Rabbit, Run” performed by Flanagan and Allen. While this song is considerably older than the other two, it nevertheless sticks in your mind long after the credits roll because it harkens back to an earlier period of music. After that, we hear a portion of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” while our protagonist readies himself for his trip. The opening lines of “Stay woke” are apt and almost a bit ironic considering some of the later scenes in the movie. The score itself is at times atmospheric and foreboding, particularly the track called “Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga.” As the opening credits roll, this haunting Swahili chant does nothing to ease the audience’s tension, naturally making it feel otherworldly and mysterious.
There is no tip-toeing around the racial themes in this movie. Jordan Peele has masterfully confronted these issues in his comedy, and now he’s bringing these issues up in the horror genre too. Peele is naturally adept in this arena and these scenes not only make you chuckle at how uncomfortable they are, but they make you think twice about how African Americans must feel in their daily interactions in the world. Every micro-aggression our protagonist faces makes you realize that despite what people may think, we haven’t come as far as we thought.
This is definitely a movie that needs to be experienced with an audience. The more packed the theater, the better, so GET OUT and catch this movie while you can. SEE IT!
GET OUT Trailer