Movie Review: Get Out

By Jake Insinna

Get Out is first-time director Jordan Peele’s breakout film. The movie was released February 24th, 2017 and made over $30 million on opening weekend. Without spoilers, Get Out is about a 20-something man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his similarly aged girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams). They have reached the point where it is time to meet the parents. So, Rose invites Chris to a weekend at her family’s house. Things start mostly normal save for the awkwardness exuded by Rose’s parents toward her interracial relationship with Chris. However, things take a darker turn when Chris starts making discoveries about her family.

This movie is one of the most unique movies to come out in the last few years because of the fact that it is both horror and comedy, and it does both very well. The split between the two is somewhere around 70%-30% with the majority being horror. The movie has a perfect amount of comedic relief to offset the intensity darkness of the rest of the plot. The movie is incredibly suspenseful and will have viewers on the edge of their seat for most of the movie. This is perfectly broken up with comedy scenes that generally involve Chris’ friend, a TSA agent, over the phone or the strange and awkward encounters he has with Rose’s family friends. The comedy scenes are very funny and natural and in no way seemed forced into the movie. Every scene, comedy or horror, drives the plot somehow.

The acting is great on all accounts. From the main characters to supporting roles, the universe of Get Out really comes to life. Chris’ reactions to what is happening around him always feels rational and realistic and there is almost never a scene that calls to the familiar horror tropes such as don’t-open-the-closet moments. Allison Williams as Rose does a great job as well. While she seems an insignificant character that does nothing but set the premise, there is much more to her and she does a great job of letting it out when the time comes.

Get Out has also been very well received critically. Rotten Tomatoes has given it a staggering 99%; a rating seldom seen given out by them. Brian Tallerico, writer for the popular movie critique site, rogerebert.com, gave the movie a 3/4 stars stating that it’s “…both unsettling and hysterical, often in the same moment…”. While Get Out was definitely a risk being that it tries to bring two completely different genres together, it shows that risks can pay off.

Get Out is a very unique movie unlike any other out now and probably will be for a long time. It is a must see for both horror and comedy fans alike. It is the kind of movie that has the viewer on the edge in suspense of their seat while also laughing at the same time. That is a very unique feeling that can and will be experienced by the viewers of Get Out. This movie is highly recommended and will not leave you disappointed.

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