Get Out Review

Get Out is a 2017 comedy horror film directed by Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener.  The film follows a young interracial couple, Chris (Kaluuya) and Rose (Williams) who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents.


Positives:

  • Great performances
  • Good cast
  • Great direction
  • Good humor
  • Interesting premise

Negatives:

  • n/a

Plot: The film follows protagonist Chris Washington who goes to visit his girlfriend’s parents house.  He quickly realizes that things aren’t what they seem.  He then learns that the family are transferring the consciousness of the Armitage family and friends into young black people.  The story does start off slow, but when Chris makes it to the Armitage family home it starts getting really creepy. (4 out of 5)

Characters:  Chris (Kaluuya) is a photographer and the main protagonist.  He is on a weekend getaway to his girlfriend’s parents home.  He’s likable, has personality, and is quite observant.  Rod (Howery) is the comedy relief and is actually a surprisingly deep character.  The main antagonists are the four members of the Armitage family; Rose (Williams), Missy (Keener), Dean (Whitford), and Jeremy (Jones).  These guys are just straight up brutal.  They’re smart, manipulative, and just downright nasty.  (5 out of 5)

Cast: Honestly, the performances are pretty solid and shows that a movie doesn’t necessarily need the biggest names in the business. Daniel Kaluuya (Chris) is the main lead and the guy does a great job. The main cast includes Allison Williams (Rose), Bradley Whitford (Dean), Catherine Keener (Missy), and Lil Rel Howery (Rod).   The supporting cast includes Caleb Landry Jones (Jeremy), Betty Gabriel (Georgina), Marcus Henderson (Walter), and LaKeith Stanfield (Andre/Logan). (4 out of 5)

Visuals:  The movie looks really good.  The close up shots definitely add a bit of intensity to the film, especially with Chris’ revelations. (3 out of 5)

Score:  The score is pretty solid and Michael Abels does a great job with the execution of the music.  It gives it a simple yet deep thrilling feel. (3 out of 5)

Writing:  There are some pretty uncomfortable moments, especially when Chris realizes that he’s being singled out.  For Peele’s directorial debut the film is a complete slam dunk.  He has shown a great talent for just creating atmosphere while also maintaining the suspense.  Even the amount of humor is distributed well.  Great for alleviating some of the more tense moments.  The film does go at a pretty good pace. Also, a film like this does a good job of actually making viewers think and films like this are few and far between. (4 out of 5)


The Verdict:  In the end, Get Out is a not only a good film but a terrific one.  Peele just brings it and the guy has a bright future ahead of him.  Not only does the film tell a thought provoking story but it has great performances, a good score, great direction, and a good cast.  Get Out gets 4 out of 5.

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