There are very few films each year that leave a lasting impact on its audience, but I can definitely see Get Out being one of the films remembered by the average moviegoing audience in 2017. When it comes to horror/thrillers I have been known to be turned off by most. I enjoy filmmaking in general as much as the next person, but the genre doesn't really do all that much for me, unless it's fantastic. To my surprise, this film is fantastic in many more ways than one. Shocking, disturbing, cringe-worthy (in a good way), and just downright smart, here is why I believe the audiences who only casually go to the cinemas will be calling Get Out one of their favourite films of the year.
Overdoing The Relevance
Racism has been a thing since the beginning of time. Nowadays, most of the world has accepted people as people and the division has vanished. That being said, there are still cases where stories like this can be extremely relevant. Now, take segregation and crank it up to a million. Then, and only then will you have Get Out. Following Chris as his girlfriend Rose takes him to meet her family for the first time, it begins as more of a romantic comedy. The tension starts when you see that he is a man of colour and she is not. Her entire family is Caucasian and clearly has something against his race. Using his race as slaves around their house, their behaviour seems off from the start. Seeming to be one big set-up for him, things begin to get uncomfortable at a rapid rate. If giving this film a perfect score meant it having an excessive amount of tension, then Get Out receives an A+ in my book.
Launching A Second Career
Made famous by his show Key & Peele, Jordan Peele writes and directs this film as his first effort out of the gate. If this film is any indication of his continuing talent, then this man has an even brighter future ahead of him than he already has now. Everything about the direction in this film is picture-perfect. From delivering a light tone with some very dark comedy throughout some very tense moments, to having the actors/actresses cry as they keep a straight face, there are so many elements that were probably extremely difficult to pull off here. I found myself in awe at how well this film was put together. For such a low budget and such a large box office return as of now, it just goes to show that people will see an original film after all.
Balancing Horror And Comedy
Although Daniel Kaluuya's portrayal of Chris is award-worthy in my humble opinion and the rest of the cast surrounding him gives it their all, making for an absolutely moving picture, my favourite actor in the film was easily LilRey Howrey. Portraying the best friend of Chris and the much needed comedic relief, his moments brought a sense of relief in an otherwise tension-filled film. From tears to death, this film isn't afraid to go all out, so it was very nice to see that a comedian (Peele) could bring a sense of humanity to his script in a film that is not supposed to be taken too seriously. There are many laughs to be had, many jumps, and a few great twists, but the best portion of this film is the fact that it's not afraid to balance it all with a bit of levity.
My Overall Thoughts
In the end, Get Out is the type of film that escalates so much by the time that it reaches the third act, making it impossible to not stir up a conversation between its viewers. For all viewers who can accept a bit of an overblown finale, this film will definitely make people talk. For that reason alone, along with the fact that it's cleverly written, well-acted, and very well-directed, Get Out will be able to impress horror fans, fans of tension, fans of a great story, and fans who just love to see a film stay consistently great and surprising throughout. The screening I attended has people applauding at certain moments and I can't see audiences dying down anytime soon. This film is making bank and there is a good reason for that. From beginning to end, Get Out is incredibly impressive. There are a few unexplained things that I wish had a bit more detail, but in the scheme of things, it's just a speeding ticket. I love Get Out and it's one of the best of this young year so far.