WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Chris Washington is head-over-heels in love with Rose Armitage and goes to meet her parents at their creepy estate. They aren’t as welcoming as he would have hoped.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
This movie stands out for me, as one of the best movies that I have ever seen. It gets every element right. Not only in terms of the unwritten (and written) rules of horror movies but in terms of all time cinema classics.
Jordan Peele, who wrote and directed Get Out, does both jobs seamlessly. He built such suspense within the first few minutes of the film – using great direction and a number of other factors - that I ended up grabbing the poor woman next to me (who I don’t know) and gasping with her at the climax of the scene.
Usually when reviewing a movie I think about the script, the direction and the actors (casting and performance) separately. I digest and cross what I liked and didn’t like about each aspect because movies are more often like puzzle pieces that have to be put together to form a whole picture than one well-oiled machine. All it takes is one person not bringing their piece to the table to make the finished product not look so great.
In terms of this film, every aspect was done well, from the opening scene and there wasn’t a moment that felt sloppy or undercooked throughout the film. From casting (Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams are brilliant) to direction to creepy as fuck music selection. Another note about a supremely good and unexpected casting choice has to be indie veteran Catherine Keener, who plays Missy Armitage. That character and the way that Keener plays it is truly terrifying because I feel like I know her and her silver spoon so very well; in more ways than one.
There are clear riffs on other movies (like Rosemary’s Baby) throughout the film and it serves the film rather than detracts from it. This horror flick is so beautifully shot that I found myself wanting to go to that horrible house, where the film takes place, just to soak it all in. And then run away as fast as my crutch can carry me, because I would definitely be a victim, not the hero.
What really stuck with me when I left the cinema at the end of movie has to be the undertone of each critical moment in it. Not only because this is the first mainstream Hollywood horror film that I have seen deal with racism but because it was done so well that it gave me pause for thought for a long time afterwards. From Chris’ interactions with Rose’s family; to Chris trying to communicate to Rose what it feels like to be a person of colour surrounded by white people.
Whether you are a fan of movies that give you a fright or not I think that everyone should go watch this movie. Not only is it a fun genre-bending movie to watch on one level, it is makes important comments on society on another.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: