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You know, a good horror movie is hard to come by these days. They often rely on cheap jump scares and predictable plots, and painfully cringe-worthy acting. And who came to save us from this tragic existence? None other than Jordan Peele with Get Out.
I’m a fan of Key and Peele when I see it, but I never suspected that Jordan Peele would be one to direct a horror movie. Needless to say, my doubts were very wrong.
Get Out is about Chris Washington, a typical nice guy who’s supposed to visit his girlfriend’s family for the first time. This is an occasion many boyfriends are scared of, but Chris is a little more nervous because he’s black, and in his girlfriend’s own words, her “family is sooooo white.” When they arrive at Rose’s gorgeous house, we’re introduced to her family who are so unintentionally racist it made the whole audience break out in laughter every time the dad opened his mouth. Peele makes a great commentary on American society by revealing the way people behave with others that come from backgrounds that they just don’t understand or know about. But this commentary isn’t meant to be the main pinnacle of the movie.
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It doesn’t take long for Chris to notice that there’s something seriously wrong in the air with Rose’s family. Under their odd attempts at connecting with him, there’s something sinister going on. And this soon unravels into a very horrifying situation.
I’m not going to say anything more on the plot because with horror movies, I strongly believe that you should go in knowing as little as possible. Therefore, DON’T WATCH THE TRAILER! But Get Out is fantastic fun at the movies. Peele does a great job expressing the feeling of being constantly on edge, all while being very confused. Daniel Kaluuya as Chris is fantastic. I’d seen him before in Johnny English Reborn, and I was very excited to see him on screen again. In Get Out, you’d never guess he’s British.
It’s also very funny, with many scenes between Chris and his friend Rod talking on the phone, providing the audience with endless laughter while still being scared. Sometimes the humor and horror feels a little unbalanced, but the humor is so on point, that it’s hard to be annoyed by it.
There are some plot points that are pretty confusing. Looking back at the movie, there are certain things that I didn’t fully understand, and the situation Chris finds himself in, isn’t explained in a way that gave me much clarity. But with this story being told very clearly from Chris’s point of view, he probably wouldn’t focus too much on the details of the peoples’ motivations, and focus mainly on trying to get out. I mean the movie is called Get Out. And looking back at it, I love it. This is a great movie for horror fans, and above all, this is a great date movie. It’s intense, but not so horrifying that it will leave you crying. It’s just an exciting thriller that will appeal to so many.
Today, Elliot is feeling great.