review by Bobby Blakey
I love when someone steps out of the world they are known for to create something unexpected. When the trailers for Get Out started hitting theaters I was instantly intrigued, but even more so by the fact that this horror-esque film was written and directed by Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame. Could this film offer up something that lives up to the greatness of what the trailer promises or will it be unable to put you under its spell?
Get Out follows a young black man who visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when a fellow black man on the estate warns him to "get out". He soon learns this is easier said than done. The film features a really good cast including Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, LilRel Howery, Marcus Henderson, and Betty Gabriel who all do a great job here. For this film to work the performances have to deliver a wide range of emotion as well as a lack of emotion all at once and everyone nails it. There is such a great underlying commentary to this story that is perfectly captured using an old school horror style. Peele has crafted a brilliant piece of genre cinema that features a slow build arc that makes you feel a bit uncomfortable as it unfolds and you try to figure out where it is all going. There are aspects that are fairly easy to figure out, but it is so well put together that it doesn’t even matter. You will still remain engaged from beginning to end to see how it all comes together.
The direction of the story offers up some funny moments that are all interlaced with a truly horrific direction that takes an actual problem with society in both the past and present using a story that is out there in its own right. Every person that sees this film will be affected differently and read it into it in their own way based on their actual race and while some might think that is a bad thing, I for one think it just showcases the brilliance of his writing and crafting of the story. The old school horror soundtrack utilizing creepy violins etc, sets a tone that gets under your skin in the best way possible. Every moment is made all the more effective thanks to the brilliant music chosen to set the tone. Most films like this you expect the terror to be from the darkness, but there is more moments during the day that occur which makes it even more creepy and unnerving without ever really being scary.
There are some bloody moments later in the film which are almost applaud worthy from what came before them showcasing your true investment in the film as a whole. I was hoping for a bit of a different ending moment, but it still works to perfection. I really loved this film and even more so loved that the film makes you think and will no doubt open up discussions with other people on their feelings about its commentary and direction. That for me is a perfect film and one that I cannot wait to see again. Now knowing that Jordan Peele has this kind of skill outside of the world of comedy has be under his spell and eagerly awaiting what he will stir up next.
This release not only features this awesome flick, but a ton of bonus features including an alternate ending, deleted scenes, commentaries, featurettes and more that takes the viewer behind this remarkable film.
Join the visit to meet the family when Get Out comes to Digital HD on May 9th and then on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 23rd from Universal Home Entertainment.