Get Out

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Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.

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Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

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Cast

Daniel Kaluuya
as Chris Washington
Allison Williams
as Rose Armitage
Catherine Keener
as Missy Armitage
Bradley Whitford
as Dean Armitage
Caleb Landry Jones
as Jeremy Armitage
Betty Gabriel
as Georgina
LaKeith Stanfield
as Andrew Logan King
Stephen Root
as Jim Hudson
John Wilmot
as Gordon Greene
Lil Rel Howery
as Rod Williams
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  • Mar 09, 2018
    Very clever, brilliantly written and wonderfully uncomfortable neo horror movie, challenging racial stereotypes and viewer' expectations with almost every scene. The acting is as outstanding as the premise and the realization. A pretty wild and fun ride, not without humor but also a pretty gory final act. One of the freshest horror thrillers of recent years and deserving of all the praise it is getting.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2018
    I think I've mentioned this in another review some time ago, I don't remember where or for what movie, but my father is black. I don't have contact with my father nor have I had any contact with him for either 15 or 17 years (the timeline is a bit murky for me), but yes, technically speaking, I am half black. You wouldn't be able to tell this if you were to look at my skin tone, I am one pale asshole, but I am half-black. I can't begin to tell you how often I've wondered how my lie would have turned out had I been born with a different color and I would have been raised in the United States. How my I would have looked at the world differently and how the world would have perceived me or, rather, my skin color. Just something to think about, really. This is certainly very relevant to the film that I am reviewing this early Monday morning. This is gonna be one of those movies that's gonna be difficult to review without spoiling, the biggest joy in this film is going in completely blind and not knowing what's about to happen, but I'm certainly gonna try. Oh, it should also be noted that Jordan Peele won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay last night and goddamn if it isn't well-deserved. Not only because the concept and the execution thereof is fantastic, but simply because of how thought-provoking and subversive the entire experience is. It doesn't just work as an effective and disturbing horror movie, it works as an exploration of race relations and the views shared by some of the people that gather at Dean and Missy's house for this yearly 'party'. But before we get to that, I just wanna say that sometimes there's movies that people rave about and, as much as you try to avoid it, sometimes you get caught up in that, especially if they're people you trust. Once you come to see these movies, they rarely live up to your own self-created hype. It's just impossible. I know Scott Weinberg (a film critic who happens to be a big horror nerd, I also follow him on Twitter) said that Get Out was the best American horror movie he's seen in 15 years. And it's like, really, dude? It's that great, huh? Guess I'll have to see it for myself. Now that I've seen it and I have witnessed what everybody is talking about for myself, I can say, that in fact, the movie not only lived up to my own expectations, I think it even surpassed them. This is an absolutely amazing movie, but it's also a movie that works in so many more ways than just a straight-up horror movie, because it just isn't a straight-up horror. Part of me often imagines the fact that Jordan Peele, writer and director, used his own real life experiences to craft this movie. His wife is a white woman and I'm certain that, at first, there must have been some awkward interactions between the group. The point is that this movie could have only come from the mind of someone who has actually gone through this and wanted to share that with the rest of the world, except in this movie it's framed as a disturbing horror movie where the privileged white people bid on black people to use for their own...nefarious purposes. That's about the only thing I'm gonna say about it, since I really do not want to spoil anything else. But that's at a later point in the film. Starting out, with Chris and Rose driving to Rose's parents' house where Chris is gonna meet her parents for the first time, there's an incident where they accidentally hit a deer. Chris reacts strangely, at first, like he doesn't want to leave the deer behind, but this is a small hint to Chris' past that we get to explore more in-depth later. Chris arrives to Rose's parents house and finds that they have two black servants. This is a little strange to Chris, but he doesn't put much thought into it. Meeting Dean and Missy, things are a little awkward at first, but he just attributes that to them trying to make sure he's comfortable and at ease around them. You know how some people are, where they go out of their way to be accommodating to a minority, to the point where they're clearly overcompensating for something and that's just as bad, in some respects. Chris has, probably, gone through this before, but it's nothing too bad. He starts to get some weird vibes when he finally interacts with the servants, who seem unnecessarily hostile towards him. Moving on, it is revealed that Dean and Missy's host a party, which I already mentioned, that just happened to coincide with Chris and Rose's visit. Several more affluent families arrive and Chris starts to interact with them and let's just say it's as awkward as you would imagine. Because, again, these people seem to have no filters and they say what's on their mind as it relates to Chris and other like him. They act like they're supporters of the black cause, but their attempts to help end up doing more harm than good. Their attempts end up making the group they claim to support just as uncomfortable as someone who might be against them. The funny thing is that they probably think they're being progressive and open-minded. Like I said, it is uncomfortable, but it's very effective in that there are people out in the world who act exactly like these people. They're unknowingly ignorant. Though, in the case of this film, there's nothing unknowing about these people and their behavior. Given the nature of the film and the introductory character (Andre) later being seen at the party acting completely against type and with a woman 30 years his senior by his side, naturally, theories start to pop into your mind. There's this supporting character, Rod, who provides most of the comedy in the film, that mentions that they're making black people into their sex slaves. Rod takes this theory to the cops at a later point in the film and they just laugh at him. That's not what I had in mind. My theory was that these black people were being reconditioned or 'retrained' to act in order to act how these white people feel that they should act. I don't wanna say that the reveal has SOME of what I theorized, because I couldn't have theorized what I actually saw, but there's hints of it here and there. Having said that, I still don't think you're gonna figure it out. If you're going in blind, at least. The movie is so intelligently-written that even the smallest little scenes can be seen as cleverly keeping the mystery going without really saying much. For example, the whole bidding scene played out in silence, since they didn't wanna tip Chris off to what was happening. It's a surprisingly sinister little scene, because you don't know what they're actually bidding for, you just know that they want Chris for something. The fact that they don't say anything at all during this scene is, really, one of my favorite things about it. At some point in the scene, Chris has conversations with Georgina and Logan (the missing Andre) and there's something clearly off about them. For example, they'd be calm and collected while talking with Chris, but then they'd be just a little part of them that would literally be fighting as hard as they could to tell Chris to just go and get the fuck out. And, again, these scenes are just fantastic. Like, for example, Betty Gabriel, who plays Georgina, is just incredible in how she struggles to say what she wants versus remaining "true" to the family. It's a battle of wills, so to speak, and it is one of the biggest clues in the entire film. Oh and I also forgot to mention that Chris was hypnotized the day before the party by Rose's mother. This is where he reveals his past of his mother being in a hit-and-run, dying from her injuries, while he was at home watching TV, not calling the cops. It's why a certain moment in the climax plays out the way it does, even though you're just begging Chris to leave. It also explains the deer at the beginning. This brings us to the reveal of what these white people do with these missing black folk. I'm not gonna say what they actually do, but it's such an amazing reveal, because it provides you with knowledge that completely changes how you view the movie, for the better. Now, with this information, if you do decide to watch it again, you know what to expect and you can pick up the little details that you may not have noticed the first time out. Maybe even clues that you didn't pick up at first. But, to me, it works even better than that, because now, with what you know, when the party starts taking place, you (the audience) are one of the partygoers in that you know what's gonna happen to Chris, but you are unable to say anything. Not because you want to keep it secret, but because you can't. No matter how hard you try, Chris won't react. This could also be interpreted as saying that us, the viewers, are as much trapped in the sunken place (you'll know what it means) as Chris was when he was hypnotized. There's a reason why the view in the sunken place is shaped like a screen, whether that be a TV or a movie screen. In the sunken place, Chris can still see through his own eyes, but he's unable to do anything about it as the sunken place weighs him down. Definitely metaphorical in that, again, having viewed the film, you can say that you are as much a character in the proceedings as anyone else. Perhaps that's overstating the point, but I do feel that parts of it are very true. Once again, we are all stuck in our own sunken place whenever, however and wherever we watch this film. We are not in control of our actions when we view the film. It's some truly deep shit that actually makes you think about your own actions in society. Like how many times have we seen stuff in our own lives that we could have put a stop to or attempted to, at least, and we haven't done anything. This movie gets into you and it doesn't let go. It truly is a thing of beauty. The acting is tremendous, there's very few horror movies that have as strong of a cast as they do here, but they did a great job at casting everybody. Absolutely everybody here delivers on their end of the deal. Though, to be fair, they had an incredible script to work with. The climactic act itself is absolutely out of this world great, so goddamn satisfying. The alternate ending on the DVD is poignant and makes you think about the justice system in the country, but I'm glad that they stuck with the original, more hopeful ending. Like, really, I hate to almost gloss over this, because the movie does have an incredible climax, but I felt that this offers just so much more than that. The only thing that I was struggling with as I wrote this review was whether to give this 4.5 or 5 stars. I'm going with FIVE FULL STARS. This is my first one for Letterboxd, but it's my first one for RottenTomatoes since, I think, Gravity. I saw Gravity the day before the Oscars in 2014. This one I saw the day of the Awards. It's a pointless little tidbit, but there you go. In conclusion, as corny as this may sound, you don't really watch Get Out as much as you experience it. Rarely have I seen a movie that makes you such a part of its world, its story and its characters as this one. It's impossible to just watch this movie and not become a part of it, whether you even wanted to or not. You are just as hypnotized as Chris was. You are a part of this world, for better or worse. This is a movie that forces you to think and re-evaluate some aspects of your life, at least if you're one of those people the film targets in its satire. And even if you're not, it makes you think about real-world issues and how to resolve them. It also offers an experience that's deeply layered in that it welcomes repeat viewings to find out more about what its world has to offer. This is a movie that will, sadly, be often imitated. Duplicated, however, I find that to be highly unlikely to ever happen. This is a special movie (not to mention amazing too) and it deserves to be seen.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2017
    The less you know about this movie before you watch it, the better. It's a creepy, delicious thriller, and one where even when you think you know what might be going on, there's more to it than you realize. There are elements that feel derivative, but on the other hand, Director Jordan Peele tells this story well, and it feels fresh and intelligent. Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams turn in very nice performances, and the supporting cast is solid as well. I loved Lil Rel Howery, who plays the friend, a TSA agent who tries to help from afar. There are many great moments - the round of "Bingo" led by the father, Kaluuya seeing the pictures of Williams and her expression on that last one, and the effects going to the "sunken place". It also puts a mirror up to how white people in real life, even well-meaning ones, sometimes talk to African-Americans in their attempts to relate to them or 'be cool' - stilted, with references that often bring up race, and at least sometimes subtly racist. How great it was to see a diverse cast, and to see this perspective, without it being delivered in a heavy-handed manner. It's not original enough to be in a list of greatest ever thrillers, but it's solid and enjoyable from beginning to end.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2017
    From Jordan Peele comes the political horror film Get Out. When Chris goes on a weekend getaway with his white girlfriend to meet her family he gets a strange vibe from the black servants, and starts to suspect that something sinister is going on after he recognizes a fellow guest who appears to have been brainwashed. The storytelling is especially well-done and has a Shyamalan-like feel; slowly turning a normal situation into something frightening and bizarre. However, the political theme of the "post-racial lie" is a bit muddled and doesn't really add much to the film (which works better as straight horror). Yet while it has some weaknesses, Get Out is a provocative and disturbing film that delivers a fresh take on some classic horror themes.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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