On 22 February 2017; I got to see the new movie Get Out at a Victory screening at the Mainstreet Alamo Drafthouse. I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. These are my initial reactions and I am an amateur reviewer.
Get Out is the feature film directorial debut for Jordan Peele. He has written for the film Keanu before this. However Get Out is his first horror film, dipping his toes into his favorite genre.
Peele is known for his comedic work on MadTV and more notably on the sketch comedy show : Key and Peele. His experience leads directly to my comment that this film is a wonderful dark comedy but at its heart the film is truly a horror film. It makes a strong social commentary as well which is hard to do all in one. I think that Peele has done that with this movie.
Daniel Kaluuya is Chris Washington the main character. His sweet awkwardness keeps the movie rolling. He continues to second guess himself in the attempts to maintain harmony. He really reflects what the viewer should be feeling. His experience is raw and emotional and you are on the journey with Chris. I think his character takes you on a real adventure ride; a safari during a roller coaster ride.
Allison Williams as Rose Armitage delivers a praiseworthy performance. Her range is illuminated throughout. She sells it throughout and she is sweetly nefarious. How she draws you in makes it obvious why the movie’s theme works. Afterwards; everyone should be clear how Chris’s character is pulled in. You should really feel why this is possible with her skill. Which is evident in her acting talent.
Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford star as Rose’s parents Dean and Missy Armitage respectively. Solid performances by both. Distinguished by Catherine Keener provides a pivotal sequence that truly displays the sinister nature of the setting. Bradley’s Dad is just the kind of Dad every person is embarrassed by regardless of their circumstance. They make an intriguing pair of leaders for the Armitage clan.
The large emotional anchor comes in the form of Lil Rel Howery’s comic relief. Rodney Williams is the character you are supposed to laugh at. He brings that funny. Without dragging the film nor diverting it from the true purpose.
Caleb Landry Jones as brother Jeremy Armitage is menacing. Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel as Walter and Georgina are fantastic in their subversive behavior. Allying suspicions while maximizing the creep factor.
There could have been a lot of different sources of the foreboding presence in this film. The film is not really out-of-this-world. The story is so well crafted that it kept me on edge. I enjoy plenty of one hour police procedurals that are constantly trying to be the most twisty. This movie was a good twist but if you are busy trying to figure it out; you will miss a good movie.
I would be remiss in not mentioning that this film has a lot of different elements. Comedy-check. Horror-check. Action-check. Fantasy-check but just a little and in an appropriate amount. That part really threw me at first. But it was so well done; I can’t see it without it.
The rest of the supporting class is spot on. They really add a lot in a very specific way. Never overbearing but integral.
Something great about the movie making was it all happens without CGI or tons of sets. The main setting of the movie is the Armitage house. There were a few other sets [Airport pick-up, Apartment, Police office] and that is about it. I may have missed something but even still; it really does a lot with a little.
This movie is fun and thought provoking. I felt a real connection to it. Overall, I had a great viewing experience.
Rating 4.5 out of 5.