This review is spoiler free, but I do recommend going into GET OUT with as little information as possible.
GET OUT is everything I hoped it would be. Reflecting the black male experience through horror that is hardly hyperbole, Jordan Peele is a much-needed new voice to the genre.
I’ve been waiting for years to see this movie. I first learned of its existence when Jordan Peele was a guest on The Movie Crypt podcast. Ever since I heard Peele talk about his script, a horror film about racism, I was hooked. I like my horror to be a sinister echo of the grotesque underbelly of humanity, forcing us to stare at that ugly monster creeping just beneath the veneer of everyday life.
GET OUT presents racism with the subtlety and complexity that only a person with experience as a black man could write. Just as the American landscape transformed from overt to veiled oppression, the film exposes the coded ways white people talk about race without using directly racist language. It’s in the looks, the questions, the adjusted dialect, and the constant inferences about the way black men must feel, talk, think, and act.
Peele’s commentary is laced with the kind of suspense and dark humor that makes you laugh uncomfortably in your chair. From the beginning, the unnerving score captures the uneasiness of being an outsider, while guiding the viewer towards the understanding that something is off. And things are definitely off when Rose takes her boyfriend, Chris, to meet her family for the first time at their isolated and exclusive home. What begins as awkward but well-intentioned behavior by Rose’s family and their “help” escalates into all-out weird.
To explain the plot further would risk spoiling the film’s slow unravelling to it’s whacked out conclusion. GET OUT is smart and never pretentious, engrossing viewers with twists and turns but never tricking the audience by waving around red herrings. With stunning performances from the entire cast, it delivers on it’s premise with scares, laughs, and a powerful message.
GET OUT is unlike anything else. I’ve never seen the topics of cultural appropriation and fetishization of black men emerge in a horror film (and rarely in any film for that matter). If you’re a fan of horror, this is the definition of a must-see film. So go watch it, think about it, and then talk about it.