Get Out is the 2017 directional debut of Jordan Peele; one half of the infamous Key & Peele. Get Out follows Chris Washington [Daniel Kaluuya] and Rose Armitage [Allison Williams] an interracial couple who are about to face any couple’s nightmare; meeting her parents. After what seems as “skeptical thinking”, it soon turns out that not everything is as it seems, and becomes clear that Chris needs to Get Out….
Peele’s debut is delivered beautifully, he manages to incorporate thriller, suspense (the use of suspense was perfect) and comedy but more importantly it is an extremely well thought out film. This is something weird for me to say as it is never something I associate with a film, but what I mean is how Peele manages to clearly deliver all three of these categories without them ever crossing over or getting muddled up, and he manages to do this by giving a lot of character development, which goes hand in hand with the performances of the cast. Which is extremely weird considering not much screen time is dedicated to anyone but Chris – this of course means we come to care for Chris as Chris is us. The only thing I would say is missing from his debut is the “mystery” – IMDB lists this as one of its genres and it is never there for me, I will get onto this later.
As I am about a year too late with this review, we all know that the incredible Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for an Oscar and he delivers an Oscar worthy performance. He has been a favourite of mine ever since his Black Mirror episode – but I just can’t help think that it was Peele that let the character thrive, so it was Peele that gave Kaluuya the development to play with.
That being said, Kaluuya is absolutely superb and I hope he can now fully crack Hollywood (damn it, Black Panther is gonna be good). His performance gives a layered approach to such a modern, ever-present and pressing issue of racism. Get Out is a film about Daniel Kaluuya’s character and his life – because of this no-one else really gets screen-time. Second in terms of screen-time is his (evil, manipulative, psychotic) girlfriend, who [even though predictable] makes me care enough about her to have such a strong passion about (hating) her. And this is what I mean by well thought out film that is delivered beautifully, her brother is hardly in it, but I hate him. And it is a strong passionate hate, so how could I care so much about hating a character that I have hardly seen! I basically hated everyone in this film that wasn’t Chris, apart from his best friend
It is 2017 and racism is still an issue, it is something that needs to be addressed in all aspects of society, I don’t want to get too much into details just because I wanna keep to the film and not its social notations. The only reason I mention it is because I like the way that it showed racism, not your typical in-your-face racism but rather modern racism that still exists in our society. I think it is better for someone else who truly understands this film to talk about this than me, but I just wanted to say that I think it was very bold to represent racism in the way that they did.
Give me a two-hour comedy any day of the week, comedy is one of my favourite genres – so much so that I have given it its own paragraph. The best friend in this film – Andre Logan King is perfect – the humour is perfectly executed, and Lakeith Stanfield (the actor who plays him) is a true representation of what we are all thinking, “get the hell out”.
Now, I hear you loud and clear – if it is so great, why only an 8.5 and not just a 10. Well one of my biggest problems with this film is that it is too obvious. There were no shocks – I like thrillers more than horrors, and I just I would’ve liked a twist that made me go “WOW” and would’ve elevated it to the next level. It needed something, you know how the film was going to end. You knew that they were all in on it – I originally thought that his girlfriend was brainwashed into forgetting about everything she did but even that wouldn’t have been that big a twist. I wanted something BIG, something like “I see dead people” big. Something like M.Night Shyamalan before 2009. But the lack of twists is understandable and it might be because it is Peele’s first film
I don’t like ending that are a little out of character, so it mildly annoyed me how he just killed everyone, and none were really satisfying deaths – I wanted to see a little more. DAMN IT, how did they make me hate every one in this film!