Cast: Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Alison Williams as Rose, Lil Rel Howery as Rod, Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage, Bradley Whitford as Dean Armitage
Synopsis: A young African-American man goes to meet his Caucasian girlfriend’s family–and it’s quite a bizarre trip.
There are some spoilers below…..
Every couple has their ‘meet the parents’ phase at some point. Chris and Rose have been together for about 5 months, and they’re headed to Rose’s parents house. Obviously, Chris is nervous and wants to make a good impression. But it turns out he has no idea what he’s in for. Twists and turns all around. Let’s get into our little review….
The performances in Get Out are incredible. The best performance belongs to Alison Williams, who played Chris’ girlfriend Rose. It was weird because it felt like she was at least 3 different people. I guess she kinda was. Her final phone call to Rod was chilling. It’s-freezing-in-here-even-though-it’s-not chilling. Wow. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) also did a great job in this movie. He was smart and quick. And also scary when he needed to be. That scene at the lake with Rose? I will be looking for more of his work in the future. Rod (Lil Rel Howery) was hilarious. He was also very intelligent and brave. He wasn’t your typical comic relief character. He added new layers to Rod. All the other performances were really good as well, but those are the stand outs for me.
I’ll admit that I was very hesitant to watch Get Out. Reason #1: It was probably overrated. It’s rare for a movie to get a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So it might be overrated. Reason #2: It was widely known that this movie is about racism. It is a topic I’m very uncomfortable with. I just hate seeing people be treated unfairly. But my curiosity won, and I finally saw it this week. I think Jordan Peele did an excellent job writing and directing this. He took a very uncomfortable subject and gave us a different perspective on it. Racism can be a lot harder to spot than most people think. It was a sickening, but necessary lesson to learn. Plus, the whole movie felt completely original. Something, the movie industry is lacking a little. There was some gore in the movie, but Peele proved that you don’t need to rely on it in order to make a horror movie scary. There were tons of edge-of-your-seat moments in the film. There was never really a chance to get bored. It was actually kinda fun to watch.
There were a couple of issues, however. The cult-like body snatchers apparently did this to live longer, healthier lives. But they rarely left their small towns and never really did anything with their new bodies. Why? Plus, the deer situation at the beginning of the movie. I wonder if that was part of the plan as well. It looked like it had been dead for a while. Oh well….
Overall, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Get Out. It was a fresh take on the horror genre. It could also be pretty funny. I look forward to seeing more work from Peele, Kaluuya and Williams in the future. I give it a 8.5 out of 10. Get Out is now on DVD and on Google Play.