More To Say #34: Get Out

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written, co-produced and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener, and follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents.

Get Out premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24 by Universal Pictures. The film has grossed $241 million worldwide against its $4.5 million budget and received universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parent’s for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

I was trying to get around to see this movie in the weeks after its’ release but I just never got around to checking it out until I finally got the Blu-Ray for it last week and let me tell you folks something, the hype and the acclaim for this movie is not overstating the greatness that this movie is, this is a really damn good movie.

I mean, who would’ve guessed that Jordan Peele would make for one of the better horror film directors out there today.

What makes this movie work is not only the fact that this is essentially a horror remake of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? in a way but it’s one of the most socially critical movies of our time but in a good way. The movie tackles a ton of issues, both racial and political but Peele just finds a way to create not just a great horror movie but also a great comedy too, there were surprisingly legitimately funny moments in this and the film does a good job of balancing out the horror elements and the comedy as well as the drama and the more tension filled moments.

Jordan Peele has created this amazing unique style of horror filmmaking we haven’t seen done in a horror film probably since Hitchcock. In fact, you could make the argument that this is a very modern day Hitchcock-ian film with shots in this that we’ll be talking about for many years to come.

The cast is very good here, I’m glad that Allison Williams is getting more work and she’s really solid in this, her and Daniel Kaluuya, previously seen in Sicario, is excellent as Chris in this and he’s got the makings of a major movie star. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are clearly having a really good time with their role playing Williams’ parents and Lil Red Howery from The Carmichael Show plays Rod in this and he surprisingly has a lot of the best funny one liners in this. You’ve also got a great ensemble cast including Stephen Root, Keith Stanfield, Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabrel, Marcus Henderson, Geraldine Singer, and Erika Alexander to fill it out too.

Get Out is one of those cinematic triumphs that comes by every once in a while, an excellent surprise that showcases the exciting potential of somebody you never would’ve thought would succeed outside of the background that got him success but here you go, Jordan Peele branches out in a big way with a smartly written, uniquely directed horror comedy with a great visual style similar to Hitchcock, a strong cast, great cinematography by Toby Oliver, and a great balance of not just horror but comedy and drama. This is easily one of the best movies of the year and one of the best horror movies ever made.

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