Get Out

Get Out (2017)
Get Out poster Rating: 7.7/10 (259,852 votes)
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
Runtime: 104 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 24 Feb 2017
Plot: It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.

Possibly one of the most over-hyped and over-rated films of 2017, Get Out plays out like a Twilight Zone episode, only without any creativity to the writing to give it any impact.

Within the first ten minutes minutes, so much forced expositional dialogue is inserted as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) discuss the trip to see her parents.  In the dialogue exchange, which I can only assume is the very first time they have actually spoken to each other since they met (it must have been a silent passion), we are force fed details on her parent’s careers, whether Rose has ever taken a black man back to them, and pretty much every other bit of expositional information we require to have the forthcoming plot twists explained.  Whilst this is a common tactic used in writing, here it is used so ham-fistedly that all the elements of the dialogue exchange feel fake, and it didn’t take a genius to work out at that moment exactly what was coming for the rest of the film.  From that point on, the whole film was spent just waiting for the so called twists to arrive, so I could mentally tick them all off.

The film is, however, well-acted, with Kaluuya really getting a chance to show the world what those of us who have followed his career since Psychoville and The Fades on BBC TV have known he is capable of.  As the central character in the story he is excellently cast, even if the rest of the cast seem a little flat around him at times.  The direction is generally strong, with some great framing and visual tricks throughout.  But the film lacks tension, and it lacks impact as a result.

The weak script, extremely formulaic in nature, is also padded out with some curiously out of place comical moments, most of which revolve around Lil Rel Howery as Tod, Chris’ friend who is trying to locate him.  Feeling, again, forcibly inserted into the film in a way to break the tension – something many thrillers or horrors do – it is the clunky manner in which the comedy is jarringly inserted that makes it feel out of place.  Akin to taking a copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and splicing some scenes from Adam Sandler’s Click, it just doesn’t balance well.

All in all, Get Out is an average film, instantly forgettable, which showcases some strong acting talent and skilled directional choices, but could have seriously done with some script editing to help it out.


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