Hey there! It’s time to redo my Movie Monday post because it got lost somewhere in the interwebs. Last week, I watched the amazing horror/thriller film Get Out, and I have loads to say about it! As usual, I’ll have a general discussion and then delve into spoiler bits. Let’s get into it:
Release Date: February 24th 2017
Run time: 1h 44m
Director: Jordan Peele
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 99%
IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
Trailer: Get Out Trailer
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), 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 never could have imagined. (Courtesy of the Internet)
As a fan of horror, I was sold on this movie from the first viewing of the trailer. Eerie, disconcerting and distinctly wrong, the movie sounded a number of alarm bells from the very start. It is a movie of twists and terrifying themes, but also delves into a very fundamental problem in society today.
The movie begins on a disturbing note. I was terrified immediately, and it sets up the tone for the rest of the movie perfectly. We then cut to Chris (Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Williams) planning to visit her parents in their country home. So far, the premise and action onscreen is innocent enough. There are elements of romance and lightheartedness as their relationship is established; but then they arrive at the parents home and things go downhill.
The director does a fantastic job setting up a creepy vibe; every character appears innocent and “normal” in a way that just doesn’t sit right. As the movie progresses, the true personalities of certain characters are revealed, as well as the true events in the country home. A great thing about the movie is that you are left wondering what the hell is going to come your way next; and you are left just as confused as Chris as he meets a group of truly suspicious people.
The movie escalates rapidly and it is terrifying to keep up with! The relationship between Chris’ visit and the start of the film is made abundantly clear, and the fast-paced action and disturbing events onscreen will leave you shocked. There is also an underscore of subtle racism that rubs the wrong way, becoming more and more prominent as the film progresses. As it becomes clearer, the real impact of the film starts to hit you too.
This movie really isn’t for the faint-hearted; there are some distressing scenes, but that is to be expected from a horror-thriller. You have been warned!
The actors are absolutely phenomenal. Kaluuya is a spectactular actor and he really steals the show. His co-star and sidekick, there for a bit of comic relief, is also brilliant. The comedy intersperses with the scary action perfectly, and none of it is forced. The creepy vibes of the other actors help set the mood, and you literally question whether everyone seems really suspicious or if you’re losing your mind. Overall, fantastic performances all around.
The final quarter of the film is edge-of-your-seat stuff; an audience isn’t given even a moment to get comfortable. This movie was right up my street, and it is honestly one of my favourite thriller films ever. The ratings speak for themselves- this movie is well worth watching. Do so at your own risk!
My rating: 9/10 stars
And that’s it for the spoiler-free review! I honestly recommend this movie, it was truly stunning to watch and really heartbreaking. Spoilers below!
Ok, still here? Let’s get detailed:
The twist really got me. And I mean, really got me. As soon as the bingo scene happened, alarm bells were ringing. But even before that, the behaviour of the two African American workers in the house was truly suspicious. I kept wondering whether they were hypnotised, brainwashed, kidnapped, etc. It really confused me!
I really, really wanted Rose to be good. But then we find out what that family have been doing, and I literally went “damn it!” And I can’t even express how shocked I was when I found out who the black people were.
The end brought about a sense of bittersweet justice, and just left me really sad. The issue of racism is so prominent today, I really think it was a nice touch. So although this was a hard movie to watch, it was still so poignant and heart-wrenching. I loved it!
And that’s it! Have you seen this move? Any thoughts? Let me know below! More late in the week 🙂