6 points about
I didn’t really have the chance to watch any new releases recently, but Get Out is one that I finally got around to giving a watch. A movie that broke historical box-office records, was sitting on (and still almost is) sitting on 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and that also received some excellent word of mouth is one that I would surely be excited for. This is despite that I am really not a horror guy. The movies often feel cheap and pretty terrible, and their sole purpose is to make a quick buck. Yet, after some success last year and the wonderful release of Split this year, it seems that the horror genre is in a bit of a renaissance recently. Will Get Out add to this renaissance? Read my 6 points about Get Out below to find out.
1. Jordan Peele’s direction was fantastic.
Peele isn’t exactly a proven name in the directing business, and nobody would be judged for being a slight bit pessimistic about this one, but he really did a wonderful job with this way. It is pieced together perfectly, and Peele clearly knew exactly what he wanted with this movie, and had the perfect vision in his head from day one. This is unlike some directors who seem to make it up as they go along. The movie was wonderfully shot and looked absolutely fantastic. Peele is definitely somebody to look out for in the future. He seems like a director who needs creative freedom, and be let make the movie that he really wants to make. If Peele sticks to projects that interests him, and he feels confident with, then he will no doubt be a huge success.
2. This was a very innovative and satirical take on a typical horror story.
This is a premise that we have seen plenty of times before. A small group of protagonists go to a seemingly harmless location but all is not what it seems at said location. This movie, at first glance, is exactly that. But there is so much more to it. There is a real feeling of satire in the movie, as Peele took on the relevant issue of race, and the fact that there are still those behind the times regarding the subject of race, and used it as medium for this great horror and somewhat comedic story. The story at first glance, again, is slightly familiar, and while this was an interesting horror movie on its own merits, it was the satire that just pushed it over the line.
3. The acting was fairly good.
There wasn’t any Oscar winning performances in there, but everyone earned their paycheque. Daniel Kaluuya plays the lead, and he was fine. He almost looked nervous at the beginning, but as the story unfolded he seemed to really get invested in his character. Alison Williams played the lead girl and she seems to be a promising young actress. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener were excellent in this movie. They were so subtle and ominous, and I was totally invested in their characters. The real standout of this movie though, was lilRel Howery. He offered some great comic relief, and he really played an interesting character. He was genuinely hilarious in this movie, and like so many other in this movie, I can’t wait to see what he might do in the future.
4. The tension and suspense was excellently created.
Get Out knew how to slowly build tension. Yet again, something else to put praise upon Jordan Peele for. The movie stuck to a formula of slow building tension, until a great pay-off at the end. This movie was just that. I won’t spoil the ending, but just let me say it was pretty damn awesome. Get Out did have a bit of an unoriginal story, but because of the reasons above, and how well the tension was created, it just felt so fresh. I was totally invested in the storyline, and every side story. Even the humorous scenes with lilRel were totally functional with the story, and that really could have gone either way. The movie was definitely more of a suspense thriller, rather than a jump scare galore paranormal activity type horror movie, yet it was more in the vain of something like The Sixth Sense. I really feel that this movie could become a classic movie in the way that The Sixth Sense is now.
5. The simple settings and visuals were so sinister.
Peele took a very sinister route with this movie. Who knew that teacups could be so menacing? Some of the shots in this movie were just downright creepy. For example, the shot of the man running right at the camera worked perfectly in the movie, and seriously advanced the plot. That’s another thing everything in the movie felt like it had a purpose. There were no throwaway scenes, or filler. The movie was perfectly paced, and my investment in the movie only went up as the movie progressed.
6. Overall, Get Out is a really great, satirical horror/thriller, with lots to enjoy.
In case you can’t already tell, I really enjoyed this movie. I don’t think that it’s quite as good as movies such as The Sixth Sense or The Silence of the Lambs, despite my earlier comparison. I highly recommend you check this movie out, even if you’re like me, and just usually don’t enjoy horror movies. There isn’t much else to say, so I will give Get Out a 9/10.