Get Out Review (No Spoilers)

get-out5Today I got the chance to see the new horror film from director Jordan Peele called Get Out. This film has received much praise and currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which is very rare. I’m not the biggest horror fan, but I like good movies so I decided to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did.

get-outGet Out stars Daniel Kaluuya, as a black man named Chris who is dating a white woman (Allison Williams) named Rose. She is taking him to meet her white parents and he is anxious about any prejudices they might have. She reassures him they are progressives who would vote for Obama a third time (as if that means you aren’t racist!) and they head off.

get-out2Once they arrive, her parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) are liberal yuppies just like she’d described but there’s something strange going on…

get-out3I won’t tell you any more so that you won’t be spoiled. Suffice it to say Get Out does a good job weaving together traditional horror tropes with pointed satire about racism and modern white and black fears of each other. It’s something I will definitely want to see again to pick up on all the clues, messaging and moments I missed the first time (my brother was with me and he noticed a lot more than I did).

I must admit it was refreshing for me as a conservative to finally see the parents weren’t rich Republicans but liberal yuppies. Yep, they can be racist too. It was a nice change of pace, and I think made the satire a bit more subtle and biting than it might have been otherwise.

get-out4That’s not to say Get Out is a masterpiece as a 100% might imply. I found the introduction to be pretty slow going and I was beginning to wonder if this was super over-hyped. Then it picks up and becomes very entertaining.

My only other caveat is it’s not that scary. If you are expecting a horror movie that makes you jump and gives you nightmares this isn’t it. It is pretty bloody but everything that happens is a bit over the top (hence it being a satire). In general, horror movies that are very realistic are the scariest for me. For example, Norman Bates in Psycho feels like a real man who could be working at a dumpy hotel and everything he does is fairly pedestrian like how he kills, buries the car etc .Things that happen in Get Out are not realistic in that way. (I hope that is cryptic enough for you!)

I think there are a couple places they could have made it a little more realistic and not sacrificed humor and made it scarier but it’s nitpicking. You kind of have to go with it and for the most part I did.

As far as content it can be bloody and there is some strong language to be aware of. Probably for mature teens and adults only.

Overall Grade- B+

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9 thoughts on “Get Out Review (No Spoilers)

    1. The line between horror and thriller is always murky but on Wikipedia it’s listed as a “horror comedy” so there you go. I understand about content keeping you away. It’s a shame really because the language is especially unnecessary and doesnt add anything to the humor in my opinion

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  1. Don’t think I’d call a movie dumped in late February with a $4.5 production budget as “super over-hyped”. I didn’t even know about this film until the day it came out (Thursday) It was super UNDER-hyped in fact.

    Yes, a good movie got good reviews, but don’t hold that against it. We should be celebrating this success. It’s nice to see such a tiny film get some acclaim.

    Glad you enjoyed it too. 🙂

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    1. I see what you mean. I had actually heard buzz for a couple of months about the film and so was pretty pumped to see it. When it started it wasnt quite working for me but then it hits into gear and won me over. I was just trying to explain my thought process while watching the film.
      Lately it’s been a pretty good time for horror movies with Split, Get Out, Don’t Breathe, Conjuring 2, 10 Cloverfield Lane and more all doing well critically and at box office. I think that’s great

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