Inventive and Entertaining But Excessive
Release Date: February 24, 2017
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison
Williams, Bradley Whitford,
Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry
Jones, Stephen Root, Milton
"Lil Rel" Howery, Betty
Gabriel, Marcus Henderson,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 103 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Jordan Peele
Executive Producer: Raymond Mansfield, Couper
Samuelson, Shaun Redick,
Producer: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum,
Edward H. Hamm Jr., Jordan
Writer: Jordan Peele
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The movie follows the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), an African-American photographer in his late 20s who has a budding serious relationship with a white woman named Rose (Alison Williams). Rose invites him to visit her parents in a rural area, and he asks her if they know he’s black. She says no, but not to worry about it.
However, when Chris meets Rose’s hypnotist mother, Missy (Catherine Keener), and surgeon father, Dean (Bradley Whitford), their initial kind interaction seems to mask a latent creepiness that Chris slowly realizes is extreme racism. Dean explains his father had been hoping to be an Olympic runner, but lost his place on the 1936 Olympics team to Jesse Owens, the legendary African-American runner who shocked Adolf Hitler by winning four Gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Dean says his father never got over losing his spot.
As Chris settles in for dinner, the creepiness builds. Then, when he goes out for a walk, he finds that the black maid and black handyman are exhibiting extremely strange, robotic behavior. When Chris re-enters the house, Missy is waiting for him, discussing Chris’ smoking habit with disdain and offering to cure him of it through hypnosis. He refuses but before he knows it, she’s hypnotized him. When he wakens, he notices that certain strange words and actions trigger him into odd behavior, although he mostly keeps his wits and skepticism intact.
From there, things get stranger, as numerous rich white people arrive at the house in limos and act a little too friendly to Chris, while making slightly racist comments. His best friend Rod, a TSA agent, suspects Chris is in danger. Finally, other signs quickly make Chris realize he has to run for his life.
GET OUT is written and directed by the acclaimed black comic Jordan Peele, who was one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele that had a successful Comedy Central series named after them. This movie marks a truly impressive filmmaking debut. Peele makes a movie that fits strongly into a modern-day Hitchockian thriller mold. As such, he delivers a suspenseful, entertaining, witty, and smart satirical thriller.
The movie also has a terrific use of sound and music throughout, and the performances are outstanding. Daniel Kaluuya, in particular, as Chris the protagonist, delivers a star-making performance, while the rich supporting cast delivers a slyly subtle sense of menace throughout the movie’s running time.
That said, GET OUT not only has lots of foul language, it also contains some very strong bloody violence, especially toward the end. The violence isn’t rampant, however. Even so, GET OUT also has some Romantic, politically correct elements from a liberal or leftist viewpoint. For example, all the white rich people encountered by the black characters are evil racists. Thus, the movie seems to promote liberal/leftist lies since Pres. Obama took office in 2009 that America is still a virulently racist country and that all white people benefit from “white privilege.”
Ultimately, therefore, although GET OUT has some positive moral elements and a witty satirical tone that minimizes the harshness of its politically correct elements, MOVIEGUIDE® has concluded the movie is unacceptably excessive. It probably will add more fuel to the hate speech coming from the left side of the current political debate regarding the treatment of minorities in America.
Writer/Director Jordan Peele has delivered a suspenseful, entertaining, witty, and smart satirical thriller. The acting is very good, especially by Daniel Kaluuya, who plays the hero. That said, GET OUT not only has lots of foul language, it also contains some very strong bloody violence, especially toward the end. The violence isn’t rampant, however. Even so, GET OUT also has strong Romantic, politically correct elements from a liberal or leftist viewpoint. Ultimately, therefore, despite some moral elements and the movie’s comical tone, MOVIEGUIDE® finds GET OUT too obscene in places and politically unbalanced.