Get Out (2017): Not the Typical Family Meet and Greet

At the Sundance Film Festival in January, many critics left screenings raving about one film: Get Out.  That initial praise has seemed to continue as Get Out currently stands at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes as I’m writing this review.

But is the film worth this absurd hype?  I made sure to head out to the theater to find out for myself.  The following review will be spoiler free.

Background

Get Out is directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Catherine Keener.  Chris (Kaluuya) is a black man who set to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time.  While apprehensive, Chris loves his girlfriend so he goes along for the ride.  However, once they get to her house, Chris begins to notice that his girlfriend’s family is a little strange.  Not only do they (and their friends) act differently around him because he’s black, issues begin to escalate to something much more sinister.

Get Out

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If you’ve been following MovieBabble, you would know that I’ve had an eye on this movie for awhile now, even mentioning it on my Under the Radar Movies to Watch Out for in 2017 article.  Everything about this movie intrigued me from its possible discussion of race relations along with Jordan Peele at the helm.  I love it when creative people try something new and step out of their comfort zone.  Sometimes those people create genre films that are incredibly fresh and innovative.

Background…Continued

Get Out is also a completely original film, written by Jordan Peele with zero attachments to any source material.  I always root for films such as Get Out in a time full of big budget movies that have to be based off of some type of popular source material.  It makes sense from a studio perspective in order to reduce the risk, but it can definitely stifle creativity.  My hope when I see an original film is that it’s good enough to keep inching such movies towards bigger budgets so that we can be surprised by a phenomenon like what Star Wars did in the 1970’s one today in the near future.

Get Out

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But for this hope to spring forward, movies like Get Out need to succeed, which begs the question, is Get Out worthy of all its praise?

What I Liked

While I don’t think Get Out deserves its lofty 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, there’s definitely some fun to be had.

Daniel Kaluuya was fantastic in the lead role of Chris Washington.  As relatively unknown actor, I didn’t know what to expect out of him.  But it turns out that he may be the best part of the movie.  He’s very likable as the lead, sucking the audience into his trials and tribulations and causing you as the viewer to root for him the entirety of the movie’s run time.  I couldn’t tell if it was an editing trick or not (if it is then I commend Jordan Peele and his team for their seamless work), but Kaluuya had to make tears pour down his face in a few scenes, a task that can be pretty difficult to do on demand.  His American accent with also spot on to the point where I was shocked to find out he’s actually British.

Get Out

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Jordan Peele also directs this movie with a distinct style which is most definitely appreciated.  Each scene flows nicely into the other while setting the correct tone for each scene.  Get Out walks the line between scary and funny in many scenes and it plays very well.  These tonal shifts could have been a disaster if put in the wrong hands.   But Jordan Peele knows exactly when to drop in jokes or play up the dread, leading to an engrossing movie that flies by as it works on multiple levels.  You can tell that Peele already has a knack for creating atmosphere.  I look forward to seeing what Peele tackles next as a director.

What I Didn’t Like

Get Out is tough movie to give a “rotten” review to in that it is a script without plot holes that has characters that you care about (which is probably why the film has a 100%), but whether you like or love depends on the ultimate plan of the evildoers in the film, and I didn’t really buy what Get Out was trying to sell me.  The explanation of the”master plan” is given in an information dump which made it feel off-putting just on the surface level, but the actual information given seemed a little ridiculous in my personal opinion.

Get Out

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What I Liked…Continued

The film is just so likable that you can forgive it for the occasional silliness and cliches that it possesses.  But what the film contains that has a ton of critics buzzing is its discussion of race relations.  Like the tone of the movie as a whole, race relations are also played for both laughs and scares throughout the film.  Some of the moments are laugh out loud funny, especially when Chris talks to old, waspy white people who haven’t a clue in their mind how to talk to black people, so they immediately go to stereotypes like how much they love Tiger Woods or Barack Obama.  However, it also becomes very sinister further into the film and gives it an extra bite.  Some may feel this angle of the film to be preachy and even a little demeaning, but it personally worked well.

Get Out

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Conclusion

Get Out is not the perfect film that Rotten Tomatoes would make it appear to be (Jordan Peele even joked that people aren’t giving it bad reviews in fear of being racist), but it’s definitely a fun time at the theater.  I’ll give it a B+.  This film is a solid directorial debut for Jordan Peele.  Get Out will most certainly lead to more possibilities for his creativity to shine.  Go out and support this movie so that more original movies are funded!

Get Out

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Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016 in order to grow his own movie knowledge as well as share his own thoughts with others in a streamlined fashion. As MovieBabble continues to grow, Nick hopes to one day become a reputable critic that many turn to first for a quality movie review.

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34 Responses

  1. Great review! I havet read much about this but didn’t know it was sort of a dark comedy. Sounds good!

  2. I’m really interested to see this one! Key & Peele always had a bit of a weird, dark, and even prophetic edge to a lot of its comedy, and it seems like this is in the same realm! nice review!

  3. spookyscaryr says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I am really shocked to think this holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes I mean it is a great film but is it the greatest horror movie of all time? I don’t think so. I thought the first 30 minutes or so tended to drag a bit, but I absolutely loved the second and third act. It is a great movie and I do love that it is getting a lot of attention but 100% is kind of a stretch. Great review as always!

  4. tayahmay says:

    I totally agree with you. I like that the film was slavery in a different sense. It was more “trapped inside yourself” but still controlled by a master. I definitely applaud its creativity. I would say the film is more creepy rather than horror. What did you think about the bingo scene?

  5. I agree with everything you said. A great little film, but not “100% on Rotten Tomatoes” great. Still, I’m glad to see another good horror film hit the cinema. 2016 gave us some good ones, and this one gives me hope we horror fans will enjoy another bountiful year in 2017.

    • MovieBabble says:

      This film definitely bodes well for horror and original films in general. Blumhouse Productions does a great job of making these movies with limited budgets that make back a crap of profit for the studio. Get Out only cost around 5 million to make but already made 30 million in its opening weekend!

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  7. kevin0225 says:

    I just saw Get Out yesterday. And I wish I had followed my first mind which was not to go see it. I’m very hesitant to go see movies that have a lot of hype because they usually don’t live up to it. Get out did not!! It was an ok movie. Not bad, but not great at all!! And the end was not the best either. Could have kept my 9 dollars!!

    • MovieBabble says:

      You gotta phase out the hype and see a movie for its own merits! It can vastly change your perception of the film.

      • kevin0225 says:

        I don’t think just because I said there was a lot of hype on this movie means that I was watching the movie through the eyes of the hype it received!! So you implying this is far off!!! Hype or no hype Get Out was not a great movie! Period!!

      • MovieBabble says:

        Considering 99% of critics rated the movie positively on Rotten Tomatoes I’d say that it’s also probably inaccurate to say it’s not a good movie “period”. You may not have enjoyed it, but there’s a difference between the movie not being well constructed and you just not enjoying it.

      • kevin0225 says:

        Just because the majority of movie critics give a movie a good review doesn’t mean others have to and/or have a different opinion. People are allowed to disagree with an “expert” Also I think in order for a person to give a good review on a movie they probably “enjoyed” the movie as well. I seriously doubt if anyone in the world has ever said a movie was good but did not enjoy it. And for the record these same Rotten Tomatoes critics said The Shack was terrible and I thought it was a great movie and much better than Get Out!!

      • MovieBabble says:

        I would never say you can’t have a different opinion, but you do need to be able to explain your POV. And saying a movie is good and not necessarily enjoying it is completely viable. Movies like Blade Runner have many people say they respect the movie and it is well made but may never rewatch it. I’m certainly in that camp.

  8. Meli Kirk says:

    So glad that I wasn’t the only one who was slightly underwhelmed by this movie. Great review!

  9. Thanks for the Follow, and I’ve done the same.

    Will check back in on this review when I see the movie. (I don’t like reading anything until after so that I do not have any pre-conceived biases that and so nothing ruins anything for me.

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  11. Great review thanks, and I share your ambivalence about this film. IMO, it is over-hyped and its plotline is entirely predictable from the moment our hero spots the black gardener with the blank zombie grin on his face. The most I could say is that it is an entertaining but unoriginal horror spoof mixed with some clever satire.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I think many people saw that initial 100% RT score and freaked out a little. It’s certainly a solid film, but if you ask me, I think Split (the other Blumhouse film to come out this year) was superior.

      • Totally agree with you MovieBabble. The 100% felt entirely like an orchestrated campaign of friendship for a new director.

      • MovieBabble says:

        I think because it’s a well constructed story with few plot holes that that made it a difficult movie to give a “rotten” review

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