Late to the Party: Get Out

Get Out is directed by half of Key and Peele, Jordan Peele, signalling a seismic shift in his career. It stars Daniel Kaluuya, Chris, who is going to meet his Girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. Chris is worried that Rose, his girlfriend, is underestimating the importance of the fact that he is the first black guy she has dated and is apprehensive of how her parents will react to him. They go up to their mansion in the secluded countryside and there is some weird stuff is going on. The ‘help’ are incredibly peculiar and, oddly, all black. Was Chris right to be fearful? Well you’ll have to watch the film to find out.

Almost every performance in Get Out is stellar. First off, Daniel Kaluuya is incredible consistently throughout. Whether he’s called upon to be intimate with Alison Williams or be fearful of creepy old white people or be so drained that he just can’t give any more, he crushes it.  Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are both amazing as Rose’s parents. They’re endearing but then creepy and then looking back on the film, they were creepy when they were endearing. This may also be down to great writing from Peele but they still have to pull it off and they do. There are so many other creepy white people who are great, people like: Geraldine Singer, Julie Ann Doan, Rutherford Cravens and Stephen Root. They all show up make an impact, it is not usual for so many background characters to stand out in a film. But in this film, they definitely do. It isn’t only the white people who have to pull of creepy: Betty Gabriel (Rose’s family maid, Georgina)  may be the stand out from this film there is one particular scene that if you’ve seen the film you will know that is just so chilling and upsetting. Even if she isn’t the best performer she gives Kaluuya a run for his money. Marcus Henderson is also good in this film playing a mysterious role that isn’t as fleshed out as Georgina but still does well when called upon to freak the audience out. Allison Williams plays a multi-levelled character very well also, and that’s all I can say about her without spoilers. However, as in every film, there are a couple weak links: Lil Rel Howery and Caleb Landry Jones stand out as maybe pushing they’re performance just a tad over the line. Howery plays Chris’ mate, Rod, he is where most of the comic relief comes from in the film and for about 70% of the time it lands but there are a couple instances where I think he is overcooking it just a little bit. Although Jeremy (Jones’ character) is extremely different to Rod, the same thing can be said for Jeremy. He plays probably the creepiest character in the film, but again a couple of times it gets a bit too much and it took me out of the film a few times.

People will try and tell you this is a horror film, I’m not sure about that. When I think of a horror film, this isn’t what I think of. This is more of a thriller to me, like Split, and I love thrillers. However, it isn’t just a horror or a thriller. It’s a drama, there is psychological aspects, there’s social commentary, there’s romance and it’s even a dark comedy at points. Every single genre Peele takes on in this film, he conquers. This is a masterclass in blending different branches of film expertly. Jordan Peele has completely dropped the proverbial mic with Get Out. Whilst also going to the top of Universal’s priorities, the fact he made this film for $4.5 million is very eye opening-films don’t have to cost £150 million. It has made almost $200 million, again from a $4.5 million budget. You better believe Jordan Peele can do whatever he wants and Universal will agree. But, I worry he will be put into the straight jacket called summer blockbusters. I would be happy to only see smaller scale thrillers from him for the rest of his career, or at least for his next maybe 5 films. Definitely keep an eye out for Jordan Peele’s films in the future.

What is masterful about the film is that they sprinkle clues as to what is going on throughout the entire film and I picked up on maybe 60% of them but then after the film you go back and realise there is so much more goodness that passed you by. There are twists you might see coming but then there’s another one on its way that you didn’t see. But when it is all given to you and explained is when I get why people say it is a horror. What is going on is terrifying, the idea that people do what they do in this film will make your skin crawl-I promise you. This all leads to one of the most satisfying third acts I have seen in a while and yet when it all comes to an end it is still extremely saddening. This just sums up this film it is just layers, on layer, on layers, on layers. It is riddled with undertones and foreshadowing that you have to experience for yourself to truly comprehend.

I could talk about the fact that what is actually going on behind the scenes doesn’t really make sense and is a bit farfetched but that would be scraping the barrel to say something else negative about the film. In fact, during the film I didn’t care that is was farfetched I believed that this could happen. Although you know it is a definite exaggeration of reality it doesn’t feel that way, you feel like this could all be happening somewhere in the country side and that gave me chills.

This film is very good. I would not say that it belongs in talks for best picture, but if all the Oscar films that come out aren’t all that good well then… It would still get beaten by Logan but it would be REALLY close. I held out for a long time, contemplating whether to wait until DVD or just watch it online but I finally got around to experiencing it in the cinema. It was 100% worth the wait and the price of admission. It is definitely…

MASTERPIECE

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