Written and directed by Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele, you might be expecting Get Out to be comedic, don’t, it’s not. While Get Out has some levity here and there, it’s a straight up horror/thriller that has a subtle but obvious intensity to it.
While the premise isn’t original, the way it’s executed and the interpretation of the concept is, which is one of the reasons you’ll want to check this movie out. I don’t want to go into any detail due to spoilers but suffice it to say that the characters are very well imagined and flushed out as is how the story unfolds and reveals what’s going on under the surface. Ironically, the film is very telling of our culture and is an appropriate mirror of behavior to what we’re seeing right now, the same behavior that was in the shadows but is now being exposed.
The lead, Daniel Kaluuya does a great job as the boyfriend caught in the middle of his girlfriend and her family. He’s got a naivety to him while still balances that with a reluctant wisdom as he finds his way through a very confusing situation. Allison Williams plays Rose Armitage, the girlfriend, and was convincing as the passionate love interest who is dealing with cultural barriers in a very activist sort of way. Bradley Whitford, the sublime Catherine Keener, Stephen Root, and Betty Gabriel round out the talented cast of players. Keener was exceptional in her role, playing it with great substance and subtlety.
Amazingly, the movie had a budget of 5M (very well spent) and went on to make over 250M worldwide. A triumph for Peele and a nice middle finger for the doubters at the executive levels who understand nothing about creativity and ingenuity when it comes to art and storytelling.
reviewed by Sean McKnight