Get Out

Get Out has to be one of the biggest surprise films of 2017 so far. Almost everyone first watched this trailer thinking the movie would be just another normal jump-scare horror film. And then you see the most surprising thing of the trailer, “Written and Directed by: Jordan Peele.”

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key make up one of the best combos in comedy today. Their witty-skits always find a way to be both original and relevant. Yet, Jordan Peele directing a horror film did not seem to click.

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I went into the theater hoping for some of Peele’s humor, mixed with the excitement of a thriller. Get Out delivered just that!

The story centers around Chris. Chris is a black man dating a white girl. Chris and his girlfriend are on a trip to his girlfriend’s family’s home out in the country. Throughout the film, race and socioeconomic differences are constantly a theme. Of course no one wants an in-your-face type of political speech on their Friday night, and the film does not deliver one.

The whole movie had the feel of a Key & Peele skit. Whether it was the protagonists’ realist friend, or the over the top “white people being white people.” This film delivered laughs, as well as  suspense.

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Daniel Kaluuya delivered a noteworthy performance, he’s done well in other films such as Sicario and even starred in an episode of Black Mirror. However, I thought Catherine Keener really shined. You probably know her as Steve Carrell’s first catch from The 40-Year-Old Virgin, or even Percy Jackson’s mother (LOL), but Keener did a standout job as a creepy psychiatrist. I really hope she shows up in other horror movies in the future.

I want to stay away from a plot synopsis as much as I can. I went into this film knowing almost nothing, and I liked it that way! Just be sure to look up some discussion boards after the movie, you might have missed something.

IMDB gave this a rating of 8.3/10. I gave it a rating of 8/10. Upon first viewing I originally rated it a 7; however, after additional reflection I found the film to be extremely subtle in introducing numerous issues. The script was superbly designed and deserves all the praise it is receiving!

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