Overall Score: 9/10
Fear Factor: 6/10
Special Effects: 10/10
The trailer for “Get Out” doesn’t do it justice, let me just tell you that right now. The funnyman Jordan Peele tried his hand at directing and proved that his talent doesn’t max out with corny sketches. In the film, a young woman named Rose (Allison Williams) brings her black boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), on a getaway to the woods to meet her quirky white family. Naturally, he’s nervous, especially after Rose mentions she’s never brought a black man home, but he sucks it up in the name of love. There’s his first mistake. What starts as understandable awkwardness between Rose’s family and Chris quickly escalates into something bigger, and it isn’t long until blood is shed. Luckily, the eerie film is sporadically interrupted by brief scenes of humor, thanks to Chris’s friend (Lil Rel Howery), a TSA agent.
While many call “Get Out” a horror film, anyone who appreciates a good scare would classify it as a thriller. There are a couple of jump scares, sure, but the real terror was in the unpredictable plot that continually toggles your brain. Just when you think you know what’s going on, you realize that you are, indeed, an idiot. In the days that came after watching the film, more and more things started clicking. My mind was on a continual loop of, Oh my god how did I not catch that? Buzzfeed actually wrote an article compiling a list of things you probably missed, and once you’ve seen the film, you have to read it (Warning: Contains spoilers). Peele snuck in endless hints at the finale that I completely overlooked.
If you’re looking to crap your pants tonight and you’re not a total wuss, “Get Out” might be too mild for scary movie night. But regardless of your movie preferences, “Get Out” deserves a place somewhere on your watch queue. Whether you view it for the thrill (psychological AF), the incredible soundtrack (“Redbone” has been stuck in my head for days), or for the underlying message of social injustice (don’t worry, the movie isn’t overly political), you won’t be disappointed. Kudos, Peele, I can take you seriously now.