I thought Get Out had a quite effective trailer and then the movie came out. 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. The new love of the horror community. Only one critic didn’t like the film and everyone calls him a hater who just hates all movies. What was I to think? Last year had some decent horror (The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe) and meh horror (Blair Witch, Lights Out) so I was happy to have 2017 kick off with a horror film ranked so high on RT.
Did I think Get Out was the most amazing horror movie ever? No I did not. Did I even think of it a horror movie? No – I didn’t find it to be a horror film. I thought Rosemary’s Baby to be a more effective horror film than this film but perhaps both of those films have more in common…psychological thriller may be better wording for this (and that) film.
Forget labels like ‘thriller’ and ‘horror’…was this a good film? The answer to that is yes. I thought it an interesting premise. I enjoy Jordan Peele – I think his work is great from MadTV to Key & Peele. This film is nowhere near the comedy he is known for. That doesn’t take away from the film but the comedy I did get from the film (mostly from the best friend) was the best parts of the movie for me.
The film’s plot is very simple. Black dude Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) take a trip to the country to visit Rose’s parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). Chris is sort of bugged out at first by a black guy tending to the lawn and the black live-in maid that these rich white people. He becomes even more bugged out after he meets all of their friends at a party the next day. Not everything is as it seems. Chris knows that. But he is stuck somewhere where no one knows where he is. No one knows where to find him. Basically it’s another one of those films that totally could have been called “You’re Fucked: The Movie.”
Best part of the film is Chris’ best friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) who truly gives a shit about Chris and doesn’t want to see a good friend just fade away. Howery was hands down my favorite part of this film. He is a bit of a comic relief character but he’s really not. He’s seeing what is happening around and explaining that. But the shit he is talking about is just weird…so people laugh. I laugh.
Basically this movie is a “rich white people are evil” film. Some may say that is racist. I don’t give a fuck – I think I totally agree. I’m not really sure if Peele was trying to say something with this movie. Dude is half-white himself. But whatever he is trying to say by the end of this movie all I wanted was every single white person to die. I did. Kill the white people. I wanted Chris to survive and survive alone.
Bradley Whitford was nearly unrecognizable as the Dad. Catherine Keener was great as the mom but seeing her in this older type of mom role makes me sad. I can’t believe it is now over ten years since 40 Year Old Virgin. Stephen Root (OFFICE SPACE! NEWS RADIO!) shows up in the film as one of the friends of the family who isn’t all that weird. And you know that, in that crowd, that may be the worst thing to be – when you come off the best of the worst people you may be in trouble.
I thought Kaluuya was pretty good in the main role. I wish he really could have gotten more from the role but that is not the way Peele sets up the film. He basically does what he does…but he is able to give a good performance. I really think I would have just enjoyed a prequel film with Chris and Rod hanging out. They were two great characters who I wish had more involvement together in this film.
You know what you are getting when you go into this movie. Black boyfriend goes into the country to meet the white family and nothing is what is seems. He’s fucked and it is how he is going to get out of this situation that makes it interesting. If he gets out of it at all…
Did I think this film was phenomenal? Did I run home screaming about it to everyone? Did I yell out EVERYONE MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!??!?!? No I didn’t. I enjoyed Split a lot more. But it is what it is. It’s a film written and directed by a black man, starring a black man, and evil white people. It is something worth celebrating – akin to how I felt about Equity last year. I’m sure it is not easy for a black man to write and direct a movie alone – but when the subject matter has to do with evil white people who want to do sinister things to black people…that’s not an easy pitch. So I’m happy for Peele that he got to make the movie that he wanted to make. Did I want it to be better? Sure I did. But I’m glad I at least had a decent time watching Get Out. And for that I’m happy. I’m even more happy that the film did get reviewed well and premiered at #1 at the box office. I believe I am more happy that the film got made and did well then I am at the actual movie. But it is what it is. Hollywood needs more diversity. And Get Out gives that to us…even in a film that features mostly white people. Weird, huh?
But Chris and Rod prequel? Yeah…someone should make that happen…