The Good, The Bad & The Verdict: Get Out
Every now and again in the entertainment industry, an actor or other creative who became famous for one type of work decides to branch out. Sometimes, it’s a Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction and is quite good. But, other times, you get a Tyler Perry as Alex Cross and the result is…not what you would hope for. In 2017, comedian Jordan Peele flexed his creative muscles by writing and directing “Get Out”, a new horror film from Universal and Blumhouse.
In the piece, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) go up to the secluded home of her parents for a weekend getaway. Rose hasn’t told her mom and dad (Played by Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) that Chris is black. They seem to accept him with open arms, but as the hours unfold, it becomes clear that all is not well at the secluded estate.
This movie is the rare production I’ve seen that perfectly balances several elements that normally clash. In general, ‘70s style horror films, humor, smart intellectual talking points and chatter about race don’t always mix well if ever. Here, it works beautifully. One moment you’re laughing at the things Chris’s friend and TSA Agent Rod (Lil Rey Howery ) is saying with deep conviction, the next you’re terrified at the late-night wanderings of the black caretakers who reside at Rose’s childhood home and, before the film is done you’ll realize that bigotry and the evil that comes with it takes many forms, not just the southern clichés one often imagines.
A lot of movies these days tend to have a moment in them where a character gives a wink or nod to what the audience is likely thinking during the film or going to say in conversation after. The best other example I can think for this is Jake Johnson’s character in Jurassic World. Sometimes this is fine. But here I hate hate hated it. Focus on the film and the scenario Peele. Don’t have a supporting character offer a wink and sly commentary to the audience. Its annoying.
I loved this movie. This is the kind of film that rarely gets made anymore and the world is a worse off place because of that fact. If you like smart, gore free horror films with a strong message that will make you think, go see “Get Out” and see it a second time for fun. If that’s not your thing, I’m sure the next Michael Bay produced remake of a classic ‘80s film is due soon.