**No Spoilers for Get Out**
After hearing all the good news and reviews of Get Out, I just had to see it. It seemed like EVERYONE in the world LOVED this movie. I’m really glad I did because this movie really delivers. As a first time director, Jordan Peele crafts a smart, chillingly thriller that has a perfect balance of tone. The movie has a clever concept that is used to create a lot of awkward tension that slowly builds up throughout the film.
Part of what makes the awkward tension work so well is how the different characters react and interact in these scenarios. There is not a single weak performance, everyone does a great job in their roles. There is one performance that stood out the most, and that is the character Rod. Surprisingly, this movie has some very hilarious moments involving Rod. The comedy is never distracting, and doesn’t take away from the scares and suspense of the rest of the film. It’s used in a way that’s very real, because if you were Rod in that scenario, you would probably be saying and doing the same things.
The movie relies on visuals to tell a story, rather than just having characters tell the story through scenes of exposition. The movie never slows down, and every conversation is critical to the story. Some of the visuals are subtle and makes the film even more enjoyable to watch. Something that has nothing to do with the actual plot of the movie but is fun to see and examine is the use of black and white colors throughout the film. It’s little details like that that makes this film special.
The movie does slightly dip in quality in its third act. It starts to feel more familiar with the use of horror clichés. It’s still entertaining to watch, and doesn’t really hurt the film, it just wasn’t as creative as the rest of the movie.
The greatest part of Get Out was its use of social commentary throughout the film. I was worried that it would actually steal the spotlight and become more about the commentary and less about the actually story. But it doesn’t get distracted with the message and actually does tell an engaging story. The use of social commentary in this movie adds more to the film. Everything in this movie feels more real and relatable because of the audience’s past experiences with the topic of race. Seeing this movie with an audience really does add another enjoyable level to this film. The reaction of the audience is a powerful example of how this movie successfully uses social commentary to deliver a real, chilling experience.
Even with the bar set really high, this movie surprised me. I cannot wait to see what Jordan Peele does next as a director because I am already on board. I am going to give Get Out a GREAT out of 10.
What do you think of Get Out?
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