Get Out had a lot of hype to live up to. It has excelled at the box office in the U.S. and scored rave reviews so I was expecting a lot and because of this, it ever-so-slightly let me down. The hype had made me come to expect perfection and Get Out is close but not 100% flawless.
Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris, who is dating a white girl named Rose (Allison Williams) and is nervous to be meeting her parents for the first time. Once they reach the isolated suburb, he meets her seemingly odd parents Dean (Brad Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener) and weird brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones). It doesn’t take long for Chris to realise something is up – the African-American house help are weird, Missy keeps trying to hypnotise him and the only other black dude at their party Logan (LaKeith Stanfield) seems to be under a type of spell.
I’m not going to tell you anymore because Get Out is best enjoyed the least you know what’s going to happen. It takes unexpected turns and gets totally bat shit crazy. It also loses a bit of its punch and satirical edge once the horror-comedy goes into full-blown horror territory. Following one epic twist (which is paced beautifully), the shine comes off and it gets a bit messy like director Jordan Peele wasn’t quite sure how to tie it all up.
I love the pacing of it as it really is a slow burn with loads of odd things eventually adding up as the tension just builds and builds and builds. It is all about the intrigue about what is happening so when that is finally unveiled, it loses some of its magic somehow. I’m not saying I dislike the ending – I actually liked it – it just didn’t have a certain something and loses the perfection status.
Kaluuya was amazing and I was rooting for him the entire time, Williams is fantastic in this role and surprised me a lot, I would like to see her do more, and Whitford and Keener were perfectly polite to the point of creepiness.
Peele has done an excellent job creating a horror-comedy which satirises racism. Some of the lines of dialogue on point and made me laugh a lot because they were so true and well observed. Don’t be too put off by the horror label, I am a total chicken and I didn’t find this hugely scary. This feels original, fresh, relevant and exciting and I would urge everyone to watch it.
In cinemas Friday 17th March