Get Out (2017)

Movie Review

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Pssst! I think Theresa liked this one. Here’s her review.

This is a 2017 American satirical horror film written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, LaKeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener, and follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the girlfriend’s parents. 

Get Out (February 2017)

 A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.
Starring:  Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and Bradley Whitford
Director: Jordan Peele
Rating/ Runtime: R- 1h43
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Movie Trailer
My Thoughts…
I am a serious fan of “Key and Peele” on Comedy Central, never getting enough of the fresh and relevant comedic situations laced with satire. (May the show rest in peace). It’s no secret that I’m a horror junkie, but when I found out this film was written and directed by Jordan Peele, I knew it would be brilliant. When I finally got to the theater, I discovered that the hype from viewers was well-deserved. Apparently, I’m not alone in appreciating Peele’s talent.

I have to say that I was a bit worried as I sat in my movie seat. Things got off to a slow start and I didn’t realize how many things were being set up to come full-circle at the end. Shame on me for not trusting the writer on this one. And, everything else was spot-on—the directing and the cast. Daniel Kaluuya, who I’d seen in the series “Black Mirror” is absolutely magnetic, lighting up the screen with merely his facial expressions.

In an effort to avoid spoilers, I don’t want to give too much of the end away, but it is utterly fantastic. The theater I went to was full of an audience that verbally rooted for the main character as he found out what was really going on at his girlfriend’s parents’ house. Obviously, things had been extremely sketchy since all of the black “hired help” had been acting weird and creepy. And, all of the white people are suspiciously strange as well. When Kaluuya’s character starts kicking ass, the theater audience couldn’t contain themselves as they cheered and clapped. The fact that this protagonist breaks all the horror tropes that we expect is one of the elements that is so outstanding.

There are definitely some twists and turns I didn’t expect. Peele is playing with our pre-conceived ideas of race, which adds so much to the film. And, I forgot to mention how funny the movie gets. I found myself laughing out loud several times. The TSA agent friend is pure gold.

If you’re looking for a tense, funny, entertaining experience, you MUST get your butt to the ticket window and see this movie.       

Rating… A+++++

 

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