“Get Out”: A Powerhouse Thriller

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“Get Out” is written and directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and LilRel Howery.  The film is about an African-American man who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s house, but once they get there, strange things seem to be happening to the people who are there.

This is a movie that I was tremendously excited to see for many reasons.  For one, I think the premise was full of potential, and the trailer looked to back up that potential, but also because I am a big fan of Jordan Peele, and I hoped that he could make a smooth transition into the director’s chair.

The Good

The premise is what got me excited for the film, so it is fitting that the originality on display here is certainly the best aspect of the movie.  Every move that Jordan Peele does as both the writer and the director is spectacular, with the film exploring bold new concepts that made for some real pleasant surprises.  This is a movie that never settles, and, in fact, always goes for the daring choice, and these audacious decisions by Peele nearly all worked out for the better.

The performances across the board were great, with the two standouts being Daniel Kaluuya and LilRel Howrey.  Kaluuya in the lead offers a good mix of comedy and horror, with his facial expressions often saying exactly what they need to for the situation.  Kaluuya has something about him that just makes him easy to root for, and I thought he played the lead role excellently.  LilRel Howrey shines as Kaluuya’s friend, Rod, as he is the comedic relief in all of the best ways.  Howrey nails each and every comedic moment that he is given, and I loved the moments on the phone between him and Kaluuya, as they carried sharp, witty dialogue very well.

As I’ve touched on, Peele does an excellent job at blending genres, as there is a great mix of tension and comedy, both of which come together with some real solid effect.  There is a lot of comedy that is strictly from how bizarre some sequences in this film are, and these are the moments that set “Get Out” from other horror films.  Creepy isn’t a new thing, but using comedy and creepiness to build fear is something rare, and something I loved about this movie.

There are some beautifully made moments that involve hypnosis that I absolutely loved, as they were masterfully edited together to add mood to the scenes.  These moments, along with the various twists and turns that the storyline takes, allowed me to be constantly involved with everything that takes place in “Get Out”, and I cannot give Peele enough credit for the tremendous work he did here.

Going in, it looked as if the film would have some themes of racial inequality, and it turns out that race is the focal point of the entire movie.  Peele skillfully brings racism to the foreground and makes a truly original film around it, all while implementing dramatic moments, hysterical moments, and truly creepy moments in all at once.  This is a groundbreaking movie on so many levels, and to do that while also making the film poignant to issues today is something that is truly special.

The Bad

This isn’t necessarily a horror movie, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, the trailers made me come in with expectations of being scared out of the theater.  This is more of a thriller with loads of creepiness while also blending drama and comedy, but there isn’t really all that much that can be considered horror.

There are reveals that happen throughout the plot, all of which are excellently done, but I also feel that there are moments that no longer make as much sense in the opening half of the film because of them.  I could be incorrect, but once the twists revealed themselves, I had some questions about previous events that feel unanswered.

The concluding moments of the movie are fine, but there’s a tease of something that could have been a truly phenomenal end, but Peele decided to go for a safer decision.  It’s something that makes more sense once you’ve seen the film, but for me, I wish that Peele had gone all out on the conclusion just as he did with the rest of the film.

Conclusion

“Get Out” is a brilliantly original, tremendously well-acted film that mixes genres with ease.  Jordan Peele comes out of the gates with a ferocious directorial debut, one that holds almost nothing back, and one that nails nearly everything that it has to.  This is a movie that I won’t soon forget, as “Get Out” more than lived up to all of its expectations. 

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