By: Alex Chiles, who you can follow on Twitter here: @axchiles
One sentence review: Get Out is a smart, genre-defying horror/thriller/comedy that serves as an exceptionally assured directorial debut from Jordan Peele.
Full review: Even if you just judge Get Out like your average horror movie (it’s not), it’s still wildly successful. It has pretty much everything you’d want: a spooky authentic atmosphere, a healthy dose of the supernatural, a violent climax, and just enough laughs to break the tension. That’s just the first layer though, and this is a film with many of them. A little deeper, this movie makes thought-provoking points about racism in today’s world. You may wonder why you’d use a horror movie to make a statement like that, but it works better than you might think. The quiet (and later not so quiet) racism serves as its own kind of tension.
It’s a little easy to forget, after all this praise, that this is Jordan Peele’s first film as a director. Both the direction and the writing are top notch here. The slow-building nature of the tension, the beauty of the opening & closing shots, the score, and acting (especially from Daniel Kaluuya and Girls’ Allison Williams) deserve special mention as well. Best of all, Peele he has said he wants to make more films similar to this one. We’ll all be better for it.
Should you watch this movie? Yes.
Where? Anywhere is fine for this one, but late at night in a large home in the deep south while your servant brings you popcorn would be ideal.
Top 10 so far:
- Get Out
- Kong: Skull Island