So my apologies. It was my intention to start my 2017 reviews in a video style format. But low and behold I run into some problems. So we will have that to look forward to in a few a bit. But today… HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF THE BEST GODDAMN MOVIES HORROR MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! I am sorry, that isn’t incredibly professional of me, but I have to gush. It is rare that I see a movie at this time of year that is easily one of the best movies that I have ever seen, let alone great movies of 2017. The writing, the directing, the acting, the concept, the subtlety, every last piece of it has come together to make what can only be called, a perfect movie! Yeah, I said it! Fight me!
Get Out is the story of a young couple named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams). The couple are about to go meet Rose’s family for the first time since they started dating four months ago. When Chris arrives, he is introduced to Rose’s family Dean (Bradley Whitford), Missy (Catherine Keener), and Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones). Once there, Chris instantly becomes uneasy with the family. Not only with their clearly covert racism but from the reaction of the Armitage’s family’s servants Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson). Things go from bad to worse when Chris is hypnotized by Rose’s mother and rapidly things go from bad to worse before Chris realizes that he is in serious trouble.
The Acting is Brilliant
Across the board, everyone brings their A game to this movie. There is not a weak link, not miscast individual. Everyone in this movie absolutely sells it. Allison Williams has the most terrifying eyes in all of existence. Whiteford, Keener, Jones, and the miscellaneous cast of others creates the perfect atmosphere of covert racism that so many people have to endure on a daily basis.
But the person who absolutely steals the show is Daniel Kaluuya who sells the role to perfection in a movie that is needs a powerful lead. He sells the reaction to the blatant racism thrown to him, his vacant eyed stare when he is placed under hypnotic spell is horrific, and when shit gets real, it is not forced in the slightest bit. Everyone in this movie brings their A game to an already stellar premise.
The Screenplay is Perfectly Constructed
Jordan Peele, not only knocks it out of the park in directing, but also manages to write one of the best screenplays I have seen in a long time. The story is crafted beautifully, walking the line between macabre comedy and true terror. There is subtlety in its imagery and its call backs. The movie builds tension and suspense masterfully. Blumhouse was smart not to fill the movie with horror movie cliche production notes… Well, some of them are there, but they are there because the work and they add to the movie. They aren’t there because a producer said “it needs to be.” It is quite clear that Blumhouse saw dollar signs in Jordan Peele and let the man run wild over the movie.
I relate this movies script a good deal with something like Hot Fuzz which is also one of the greatest screenplays that I have ever come across. It is a script that is fine tuned to perfection. Every line is needed, every scene is important, every emotion that occurs is essential to creating the perfect horrifying scenario. This is not just a great script, this is a script you show in your film studies class on how to appropriately construct a perfect fucking script.
It Challenges Concepts of Covert Racism Brilliantly
This movie is filled to the brim with the subtle racism that anyone who isn’t white has to deal with on a daily basis. It is the micro-aggressions that really make racism a pain in the ass and this movie accentuates that problem. While overt racism is more abhorred by society at this point, it is the covert racism that continues to carry on. The idea of the white family trying to adopt “urban slang” in order to relate to their daughters new black boyfriend. The idea that Rose’s brother feel as if he needs to prove his manhood for the sake of his race by being hyper aggressive towards the stated “genetically superior” male. The party in which people feel open to touch him and making statements like “black is the new black.” Whatever the hell that means.
Sure, there is a slight balk at the end of the movie which I won’t get into in any greater detail. But the movie is an eye opening experience, or at least I will hope it would be, to those who don’t experience racism on a daily basis to see how it affects different people.
This movie is amazing. It is easily one of the greatest horror movies of this decade and in contention with some of the greatest horror movies of all time. The script is flawless, the acting and the cast are on their absolute A game, and the story has propelled Jordan Peele from a great comedic mind to a directing genius of the new generation.
Final Score 5/5
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