Get Out follows a young black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), and his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), as they visit her parent's (Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener) home deep in the woods. Chris is nervous and rightfully so, as Rose has never dated a black man and feels he might be treated differently. As they arrive, things start out awkward, but for the most part, harmless. As you may have already guessed, things don't remain as such, occurring through events and revelations I won't spoil. Try and see this movie without knowing too much of the plot, and definitely don't watch the trailer.
Whenever a film's director nails it this well, I usually make the comment that the director was the "true star of the movie," and while Jordan Peele is simply phenomenal, saying that would be such a disservice to the actors and their incredible performances in this movie. Daniel Kaluuya is a star. His work is heartbreaking, not because some triumphant monologue or some other cliche, but because of his heartbreaking performance. You can feel his fear. He's uncomfortable throughout, his subtle and nuanced performance something that won't be soon forgotten. The parents are especially good, making you feel unsafe in the safest of situations, like for example, at a family dinner. Special shout out to Lakeith Stanfield and LilRel Howery aswell, who have limited screen time, but absolutely steal every scene they're in.
The film also has a unique way of telling it's equally unique story. Although it's linear and follows a basic three act structure, the film plays out as almost two different films, changing things up right before your eyes without being abrupt or a distraction. Once things are revealed, you go back and pick up the pieces that were left there from the very beginning, making the film-going experience quite enthralling, something that is severely lacking in most studio films. Also unlike most films, this film doesn't have just one trick up it sleeves. Once the big revelation occurs, it manages to keep up its momentum throughout the remainder of the film, up until the very end, and what an ending it is. This might just have my favourite movie ending in recent memory. I legitimately stood up and cheered.
Overall, Jordan Peele has crafted a film and an experience I am forever grateful for. It's funny, scary and engaged me more than most films do. This film is going to stay firmly planted in my best of the years list, I can guarantee that. There's one very nitpick-y continuity thing towards the end that keeps this from being a perfect movie, but that's not going to stop be from giving Get Out, a perfect score. I loved this film and had a smile on my face for the entire runtime, and beyond.
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