Thanks to Universal Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Get Out. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
Get Out is a surprisingly funny horror movie and a surprisingly horrifying comedy. Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is a young black photographer on his way to meet his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) Rose’s affluent family for the first time. This is an uncomfortable situation even without the racial dynamic, but here director Jordan Peele (of Key & Peele) milks every scene for its maximum discomfort. The setup – an isolated house in the woods – is your basic horror cliché, but this film uses it for some barbed social satire about an excruciating breed of well-meaning white liberal racism.
As poor Chris endures this embarrassment, he becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the behaviour of the guests and the black house staff. Courtesy demands that spoilers are not revealed, but there definitely is something sinister afoot, and punches are not pulled in terms of tension and violence when they’re called for.
Being a satire, there are some good laughs here, but also a lot of broad comedy from Chris’s friend Rod (LilRel Howery). Part of me wonders how much better a piece of art Get Out would’ve been if this humour had been left out, but it mostly serves to humanise Chris further, making the film even more enjoyable.
Get Out is a superbly executed film on absolutely every level. Funny, scary and thought-provoking in all the best ways. Don’t miss it at the cinema!