Cinemaster Score: 9.3/10
With his “lighting in a bottle” first film, Get Out, Jordan Peele exploded into filmmaking. He showed that he could deftly balance a distinguished cast of actors while also providing a unique story for the audience to enjoy. Peele does so with the amazingly detailed script he wrote – that not only gave viewers a reason to rewatch the film, but a reason to enjoy it in different ways, too. Get Out also contains some great characters for the audience to connect to and feel for. They’re not only flawed, but heavily motivated in their actions – with the acting display conveying said actions with ease. They make up a film some may call horror while others regard it as a thriller. To us, it’s a combination of both – with the conscious evil the antagonists inflict upon our main character being the driving fear factor. Although, at times there are moments of great tension and unease that are certainly going to thrill any moviegoer. Throw in a plethora of twists and shocking revelations, and Get Out stands out as one of the best thrillers we’ve seen in years.
Acting; Despite Daniel Kaluuya having been put in the limelight before this film, he truly started to shine in Get Out. Not only did he have excellent on-screen presence and charm, but he was also able to convey a plethora of emotions throughout his twisted experience in realistic ways. Alongside him is a distinguished cast full of old and new faces that do well to complement Kaluuya’s performance. Each one provides well-developed characters for the audience to connect with throughout strong arcs with meaningful twists. The actors in Get Out portray their characters in intriguing ways, with not one character ever feeling generic or out of place. Together, they form a cohesive whole that elevates the audience’s viewing experience.
Script; Jordan Peele crafted a layered script filled with extensive metaphors for Get Out. Nearly every line and on-screen action has a double meaning to it, making the film highly rewatchable on repeat viewings. The film is stuffed with references to iconic movies and cinema history, as well as easter eggs providing for in depth reviews. Each character is written in shades of grey – with their morality never too black or white. Motivations are either thoroughly explained or left to interpretation for the audience as to make us think in different ways. There are elements of foreshadowing that one can pick up on in every scene, with Peele showing his ability to place visual symbolism in precise moments. And for that Get Out is all the better.
Characters; Get Out has a handful of deep, intriguing characters. Its most notable, though, is protagonist Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya). Chris is a calm, cool, and collected character – something rare in this style of film. He is realistic in his actions – therefore becoming easier to both identify with and care for. With him from the start is his girlfriend, Rose. Rose is a very complex and dynamic woman, driving the film’s plot in one way or another. Her family is full of strange characters – each so composed, yet suspicious – adding to the mysterious tone of the movie. Both of Rose’s parents feel cold, odd, and even downright heartless at times. On the bright side, Get Out has the commonly known comic relief in Chris’ friend, Rod. All-in-all, Get Out has an abundance of complex characters that make the film even more unique.
Direction; Prior to 2017, Jordan Peele was known primarily for his comedic work. That being said, it was quite the surprise when he took to directing – and even more so that it fit the thriller genre. For his debut in directing, Jordan Peele knocks it out of the park and in consideration of that lacking experience, the film itself is especially impressive. He brings each piece of the movie together as an immaculate piece of work. There’s a clear amount of care and attention to detail put in by Peele. The movie contrasts starkly from his former style, sure, but part of that does shine through. Rod, the film’s comedic relief, tends to be more effective than a majority of those in the genre due to Peele’s great deal of experience with comedy. It’s that experience of Peele’s that helps him pull off the success of Get Out – even if the genre isn’t his typical style.
Story; For any movie within the genre of thriller, the story needs to be excellent in order to be successful. They really are mainly story driven. Get Out in particular is an intricately crafted thriller. The beginning shows our unassuming protagonist going to meet his girlfriend’s family. What he is met with feels off-putting from the start – things are too normal. The entire situation begins to become more and more sinister. Chris (the protagonist) realizes the family isn’t what it seems. The mystery gets more interesting as the climactic finale is built towards. The scariest part is the consciously evil intent the antagonists have. Topping it off is a plot sprinkled with social commentary that fits snug with the tone. The payoff in climax is just as great as the story before it. With a few well-placed twists and a satisfying close, Get Out is certainly one of the best thrillers of our current age of cinema.
Enjoyment; At first, Get Out doesn’t seem like a typical summer horror flick. In fact it intentionally bucks the trends set by its genre predecessors in favor of unique storytelling. Many may be uninterested in the film’s deeper meanings and might instead want a more direct horror film. However, Get Out is different – being an entertaining mix of the two kinds of film styles. At times it will blatantly tell you what is happening, while also leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Anyone willing to watch the film several times will not only find multiple hidden references and clues as to how the movie plays out, but they will also learn to enjoy the film in new ways. Some may still not find every secret subtext, and that’s what’s so special about Get Out. It takes what works so well with with other films in the genre to create a unique and deeply layered tale from it. That being said, Get Out makes for a fun and consistently thrilling film for anyone.
David: “It took me a while to get around to watching Get Out, but once I did I was not disappointed. The slow ascension towards climax being paralleled by the tone’s descension into darkness feels perfected. It is a mysteriously unique film that is hard to keep from going deeper into its proverbial rabbit hole with each watch.”
JP: “Upon rewatching Get Out recently, I realized I had missed so many hidden references put right in front of me. It gave me a new appreciation for the film as well as for Jordan Peele, who many will be impressed by. I personally love it more each time I watch it, and sincerely hope you do as well.”