With its vintage charm, and a stereotypical suburban family, Get Out begins as any normal horror film would. Directed by Jordan Peele, this new generation film brings out a unique perspective to the movie world.
Walking into the theater, I was unsure on how to feel. I knew that Peele had to do something right, because of its stellar ratings. I was unsure of what the special “it” factor was. But once the credits start to role, I understood. The interesting use of camera angles and intense dialogue moved the film along effortlessly in a way that many others have problems doing.
Get Out is set in an abandoned quaint cottage nestled deep in the woods. The budding couple composed of Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) hopes to find a fun-filled weekend at the Armitage house. Chris is apprehensive, because Rose grew up in a well-to-do white family. Chris, on the other hand, grew up in an impoverished African American family. Rose assures him her family will be accepting and inviting. Throughout the course of the weekend, Chris realizes this is not true. Strange friends of the Armitage family show up for a party and convince Chris it is time to leave, and fast. The plot is filled with numerous twists and turns from there on. With a splash of wit from Chris’s concerned friend, Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery), the movie makes some question if this is a romance, comedy, horror, or action movie. The best part of the film is that it is all of those things.
Having a measly budget of 4.5 million dollars, Peele showed what he was made of. He carefully invested his money, but the box office raked in with 168 million dollars. The simplicity and artistry of the movie pulled all of it together to form an innovative and never-before seen production. Little known actors filled roles that could not be filled by anyone else. Kaluuya beautifully represents something much bigger than the fear of the movie, but the fear of what the movie represents.
His pleading eyes demand attention and held me captive during each scene. The plot had me paralyzed from the very beginning, and unfortunately, it flew by. Far from a family-friendly flick, it has a very similar feel to M. Night Shyamalan’s productions, such as The Sixth Sense and Signs. It brings out a sense of horror that is hard to pull off, suspense and depth. All of its twists and turns made me writhe in my seat waiting for answers.
As I sat in the theatre, I tried to pick out the bad scenes from good scenes. This proved to be a harder job than I expect. As the credits begun to role, I was sad because I could not sit and watch it again. Kaluuya and Williams beautifully portrayed fear and delirium with ease. The acting was easy on the eyes, and never made me cringe because of how false it looked. Plus, it was amazingly filmed and casted.
The most intriguing part was the visuals paired with the music. Culturally based music such as “Redbone” by Childish Gambino easily moved the plot along as the characters packed their bags and left their urban-esque apartment. Vintage songs such as “Run, Rabbit, Run” by Harry Bidgood played softly in the background as horror seemed to seep from the floor boards. This film magically combines the sense of old horror, with the new generations type, to form a movie for all ages. If you do not go see Get Out, you are truly missing out.
Rating: PG -13
Actors: Daniel Kaluuya. Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener