Movie Review: Get Out, 2017

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This year’s movies have been hard to write about so far – the enjoyment of them has often been hinged on the surprises that their marketing ultimately gives away. And I don’t want to take part in that madness and ruin these great movies for you. Which sort of sucks, and especially here, because this is so thematically resonant that all I want to do is dissect every second of this fantastic debut film from Jordan Peele. But alas, to do so would be to ruin Get Out for you.

Instead I’d just like to encourage you to see it. I had one of the best post-movie conversations I’ve had in a long, long time following the screening of this last night. My co-host Dan and I spent about 90 minutes talking about Get Out as a genre movie, as a social satire, as a comedy, as a mystery, and as a first time filmmaker’s debut. And that’s not to mention how many times over the course of those 90 minutes we had huge revelations that, to be vague, went something like this: “OH SHIT! And THAT connects to THIS, which means THIS is actually THAT!” The wonders of this movie have not yet ceased for me, as the longer I think about it and unpack it, the more I get out of it. It is sincerely one of the tightest scripts I’ve seen produced in years. Every little detail is included to amplify the effect of the film, and often you don’t see what’s right in front of you because of how those details are laid out.

Not only does Peele impress as a visual stylist, but as an actor’s director as well. The performances in Get Out are incredibly strong, across the board, and left me wanting to see more and more from the three leads (Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Lil Rel Howery). And I think that has to be credit to Peele, not just for casting these fine folk, but giving them such a meaty script to chew into and a clear vision for how to keep the mystery and tension high while still being totally clear about their emotional journeys.

I was really floored by Get Out. It’ll likely go up to 5 stars once I get to see it again. It gave me so much to think about, so much to talk about, while never forgetting to be a thrilling, original horror movie. What a treat. Please let Peele make 100 more movies, thank you!

Get Out scored: ★★★★☆

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