[Review] 'Get Out' is an Expertly Crafted Nightmare - Bloody Disgusting!

[Review] ‘Get Out’ is an Expertly Crafted Nightmare

GET OUT

Get Out is a film all about defying your expectations. As early as the film’s haunting-yet-funny opening scene you think you have what’s going on nailed down. You think it’s going to be a film about a bunch of racist white people creating extremely awkward situations for Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) until it all comes to a head towards the three-quarter mark. I was really happy to find that everything isn’t exactly what it seems, and ultimately that the film that Jordan Peele has created around a premise of discomfort is a tense and genuinely frightening ride from start to finish.

The magic of Get Out is that its premise sounds exactly like a “Key and Peele” sketch. Chris’ white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) is taking her black boyfriend home to her rich parents’ house for the weekend. She thinks it’ll be fine, he obviously has some concerns. They arrive and cue a weekend of being grilled by her Dad, Dean (Bradley Whitford), who uncomfortably tries to come off hip and happenin’  and facing her Mom’s trying-too-hard smile which is always on the verge of cracking.

Chris holds his own for a while, he even manages to stay calm when Rose’s brother Jeremy drunkenly throws some blatantly racist comments around and tries to put him in a headlock. But the horror element starts with the Armitage’s house keepers Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Walter (Marcus Henderson). Chris feels like he can level with them and figure out what’s going on behind the scenes, but he quickly learns that’s not the case. When Chris sneaks outside in the middle of the night for a smoke, Georgina is standing in the window admiring herself in the reflection. Even weirder is Walter running at full speed around the perimeter of the Armitage’s estate, almost running Chris over. Finally, as Chris expertly states, their off-putting weirdness doesn’t come from “what they say but how they say it.” They speak with a bizarre southern accent and big goofy grin plastered across their face.

The shot work in Get Out is visually stunning. Rose’s mom, Missy (Catherine Keener), is a hypnotist, and once she catches Chris in one of her trances, he’s sent to “the sunken place” within his mind. Watching him drown in a sea of black, screaming out through the CRT TV that his eyes have become left me unable to look away, and when the camera cuts to Chris’ face, tears streaming down his cheeks, the genuine sense of dread I felt was totally unique to this film.Michael Abel’s score is also incredible. Its acoustic guitar and heavy bass beats come in hard and do a lot to push feelings of dread and really up the intensity during the action-oriented moments.

With all of these great dread-inducing scenes, I was pretty bummed out about the fact that Get Out is full of dumb jump scares. The first couple are fine as they come at moments when the awkwardness is making you squirm in your seat, but they get really stale and overall feel unnecessary as the film goes on. Luckily, most of them are followed up by some hilarious jokes. Comic relief is exactly what a movie like Get Out needs, and Jordan Peele hasn’t lost his edge one bit. Chris’ friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) specifically has some of the funniest moments in the film. He’s convinced from the start that Chris is going to be kidnapped and turned into a sex slave for the rich white people, and when things start to go South he’s happy to come in with a loud “I told you so!” before showing concern for his buddy.

If you’ve seen “Key & Peel’s” “White Zombies” sketch, or any of their sketches that comment on racism before, you’ll already have a pretty good idea of how Peele approaches it in Get Out. It’s a subtle accidental condescending tone that so many of the people talking to Chris take that shows they genuinely don’t understand they’re being racist. It makes you cringe in your seat and even after the film’s big reveal, it’s not cheapened at all. The entire time you’re watching Chris straddle the line between impressing his girlfriend’s parents and their friends and throwing a hard punch to the jaw in frustration.  Somehow he manages to stay on the “impress her parents” side of the line during Rose’s parents big party with all their friends. A swathe of rich white guests, and one Asian man, force Chris to do weird things like show off his golf stance while they squeeze his arms in awe. When things finally do come to a head, it feels earned, justified and honestly great.

Even though horror isn’t completely new to Peele, Get Out is more than just a great foray into the genre. It’s a tense and provocative horror film that makes you conscious of real world problems while also delivering on some of the creepiest and most disturbing scenes in recent years. Hopefully this isn’t a one-time experiment for Jordan Peele, because he shows true talent and originality that horror fans crave.

Official Score

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  • AlsDisciple

    I am so in the bag for this movie. My only concern at this point are my ridiculously high expectations. They’ve fucked me over on more than one occasion.

  • Blade4693

    So happy to see Peele make a horror movie, and glad to hear its being liked.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m so excited this is getting such great reviews. I hope audiences follow through.

  • Tweedy

    Can’t wait ….. sounds great .

  • Anthony DeRouen

    It’s very hard for me to pay ticket price for horror movies (even though I write in that genre) but the reviews are tempting me to give it a matinee try.

    • Creepshow

      So, you find it hard to support a genre that you write in? When you say something like that, it sounds like you’re unwilling to support yourself.

      • J Jett

        Creepshow, i too can’t afford going to the movies these days. i really want to see this movie and LOGAN on the 3rd. hopefully i can budget my limited $$$ just right to where i can go see these films. i definitely want to at least support GET OUT since it seems (i am not reading any reviews since i don’t want anything spoiled) to be doing/trying something original.

        • Creepshow

          Save your money for GOOD movies, and don’t blow it on crippity crap like Resident Evil & Underworld movies.

          • J Jett

            HOW DARE YOU!!! why i oughta…….LOL. 🙂

    • J Jett

      Anthony ticket prices keep me from going to the theaters too. even matinee times now (at least where i live) went from $6.50 to the current price (for a matinee!) of $12.50!!! i’m like WTF?!

  • Creepshow

    I’m looking at this movie like a breath mint. I need something to wash the stale taste out of my mouth.

    • J Jett

      so you spit or swallow?…………….(just kidding. lol). 🙂

      • Creepshow

        Unnecessary. I don’t wear that uniform.

        • J Jett

          🙂

    • Haha yeah this year did not start off… great. Thanks for reading!

  • wil mcmullen

    I have every intention on going to see this movie. I sincerely hope it delivers.

    • I hope you like it! Thanks for reading.

      • Wil McMullen

        No problem… I went to see Get Out btw and I truly enjoyed it!

  • david

    I just saw the movie tonight, and thought it was very well done. I was a bit disappointed because the movie was good, but not as good as I thought it was going to be because of all the hype it’s gotten. I would classify it as more of a thriller with the gore of a horror movie. I do suggest that you guys spend your money, and watch it in the theater instead of waiting for it on Redbox.

  • Ocelot006 .

    It’s impossible to discuss this film without spoilers so SPOILER ALERT!!! But every damn review pointing out ‘oh it’s social commentary! So darkly relevant to today!!!!’ The movie is about a group of whiteys that see black people as the superior race. Is that ‘darkly relevant?’ It certainly works well as a commentary on the world of sports. I really enjoyed the movie but I just hate when people just get vague with ‘oh it’s so relevant because race.’ I mean yes discussing the film would spoil it but I don’t know…..my point is fuck IMDb and their deletion of the message boards. Motherfuckers need a place to vent about movies.

    • It is pretty relevant. They see them as superior physically, but ultimately their lives/”souls” are completely disposable to them.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Is that how you see black people?

        • I feel I shouldn’t have to dignify that with an answer, but I will. Of course, that’s not my opinion or viewpoint. That is the gaze presented in the film, and unfortunately there are people out there like that. People who don’t consider themselves racist but view black people as “other” than themselves.

          • Ocelot006 .

            Obviously there are people that view other races as ‘others’ but I’m talking about the relevance of seeing them as the superior. No one actually seems to want to discuss this movie beyond broad terms. Everyone loves it….but it seems not to dare to dig in. The treatment as other here is as an other that is superior. Where is that relation in reality? By the end of the movie we know they weren’t just being sycophants to Chris so as not to appear racist but that they generally pretty much worship him.

          • I agree, the film deals with a difficult subject matter in a complex way. It’s not as simple as “whites hate blacks”. What Peele has done is show that the “whites” here view black men as wasted potential. They see them as superior physically, but without the brain of a white man they are useless in our society. The real world example is those who have no problem rooting for their favorite black basketball player but would quickly drop the “n bomb” when dealing with someone of a different race in their daily lives. Or more to the point, slavery is another part of the subtext here. They don’t look to worship these men but to pass them through as a commodity. The auction scene is lifted from straight from history, from actual slave auctions. Like slave labor, these me are only to be used for their physical contributions.

            I actually heard on a podcast not too long ago a man who was stating that African Americans’ brains have not yet developed like that of caucasians. He stated they are evolutionarily stunted, and he stated all of this as if it were scientific fact. He had no concept that what he was saying was backwards or racist.

    • Jeff

      That’s a rather simplistic reading of its message. The movie deconstructs casual racism with horror movie tropes. I think that, in spite of its weaknesses (i.e. overreliance on jump scares) that is why people think it is special. For a really thorough connection between the tropes and racial constructs, I recommend this extremely well-written article: http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/3/7/14759756/get-out-benevolent-racism-white-feminism

      • Ocelot006 .

        Yeah I do not need to read anything from Vox thank you very much.

        And casual racism is something that really needs to come down to nothing more than brushing some dandruff off one’s shoulders. Obviously there is a spectrum of racism and people need to understand there are some forms of racism(“that black guy probably likes rap”) that we really need to just not even give a shit about.

        Again, it’s hard to be out that eight and some change hours the People Vs. OJ had to play with the topic of racism.

  • Dave Stark
  • Daniel Alderson

    This is about the only time I think Bloody Disgusting underrated a movie. 5 Stars. A near perfect movie that skirts close to B movie leanings but always hits the high points. Just great.

    • Haha can’t win ’em all! I loved it. Thanks for reading!

  • K-Dogg

    I saw this last night…while I liked it, it’s not nearly as good as the hype. This one is officially my 2017 “It Follows”….good, but not 100% Rotten Tomatoes-amazing. So much to like in this flick, but some stuff I disliked as well.

    • J Jett

      K-Dogg you and i (as far as i know) usually tend to have very similar tastes in movies. i completely agree w/ you regarding IT FOLLOWS. i do want to see GET OUT but i will reconfigure my expectations of the film. i’ll keep them at a reasonable level. 🙂

      • K-Dogg

        Good to hear from ya J…yeah, for the most part we agree quite a bit. There is a chance you enjoy this one more than me, be sure to give me your thoughts once you’ve watched it.

    • david

      Well said. I feel exactly the same about It Follows. I was really looking forward to seeing It Follows and enjoyed it, but I also didn’t think it was anywhere near as awesome as all of the hype said it was.

    • Maxime C

      I was extremely disppointed by It Follows when I watched it. The over-hype thing tends to kill the expactations surrounding a movie… Same for Housebound. Same for The Witch.
      I tried not to read too much about Get Out cause I don’t want to feel the same thing again.

      • Creepshow

        It was such a goofball reveal in Housebound. Pissed me off.

  • david

    I’ve also read some reviews where Get Out is described as a horror comedy, but I completely disagree with that. There is a character in the movie who is pretty funny, but nothing in the movie would make someone laugh as much as if they were watching a horror comedy like Shaun Of The Dead.

  • Ruben

    This movie was so dam boring! It dragged on so long with hardly any big pay off. Also it was so dam predictable how this is getting rave reviews in beyond me.

    • david

      I didn’t think that it was boring, but it definitely was slow paced and seemed to drag a bit during certain parts. I also had a problem with the ending because I didn’t think that it was very realistic at all.

  • Scott Roberson

    I’m black. I don’t need to go to the movies to be reminded that being black is hard. I go for escapism, like most people. I’m not throwing down my hard earned money for this. Count me out. I love horror. Loved Shaun of the Dead. Nobody feels the need to remind white people that they are hated by most of the world (and they are if you travel outside the west), so why make so many movies reminding black people how hard they have it. Horror used to be my and a lot of other people’s safe place. The team from Key and Peel has yet to make a movie I’ve liked (the cat movie was horrible), so I see no reason to give this a try. Politics and horror sometimes go hand in hand (Romero anyone), but its best when its subtle (Night of the living dead 1968) and not all in your face (Land of the Dead).

  • Louis

    I haven’t seen this movie as of yet. I really hope it meets the hype but most times it turns out to be no the case. It’s so hard to find some originality these days. There have been a few bright spots for me in the past few years. I was really impressed and pleased with Drag Me to Hell. This was a movie that had some genuinely eerie moment. The camera work was just spot on it enhanced the creep factor exponentially. There was also a movie that creeped me out and surprised me for some reason I quite can’t out my finger on. It was the movie Case 39. This movie has as it’s Boogeyman a young girl of maybe ten or eleven years of age, all I’m going to say so as not to spoil it for those whom haven’t seen it yet, is that this movie has a truly eerie vibe through out and there’s a seen when Renee Zelweger is under a bed that damn near had me trembling, lol it was a great scare. I posted this because I’m a movie fan especially horror movies. I watch movies for just plain ole fun, joy. Not to watch someone slip in some overt political opinion or the such. I love horror movies like that are preposterous, like the original Evil Dead and it’s sequel Evil Dead 2 starting Bruce Campbell. Now those were great scary and silly and just simy fun to watch. I’m hoping that this Peele effort isn’t spoiled because of some political view point.

  • Saturn

    So we just got it over here in Blighty, and I “almost” absolutely loved it.
    It didn’t live up to the hype but I had a good time with it – I won’t spoil owt for those who haven’t seen it, but the best character in the movie – by a country mile – was the guy who works for the T S mothafuckin’ A.

    For me it was the kind of movie that could be spun into a franchise (ala Hostel, but with a slight Martyrs vibe) or could stand alone as a one off.
    I don’t expect sequels tbh – but who knows, if it does well?
    If you’re a little “not sure about checking it out” I’d say yeah, it’s worth a punt.

    • He was fucking hilarious. Had me howling every time he was on screen, especially at the end. I loved it, definitely worth a go

  • RJ MacReady

    Decent and original show but waaaaay overrated. The ending was also easily predictable.