Get Out

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White guy here.  I’m tempted to just punt on writing about movies involving racism.  Take Jordan Peele’s recently released horror comedy Get Out.  How am I possibly supposed to critique a film about an African-American’s perspective on race relations?  If I don’t enjoy the movie, do I shit on it and risk being viewed as narrow-minded, or worse?  If I love the movie, do I overly praise it and come off like the Malcolm X quoting, trying too hard to be “down,” Craig from Atlanta’s Juneteenth episode?  “Preach, Ava DuVernay. You tell ‘em.” says the white guy currently wearing Rainbow sandals.  I don’t know, it’s a fine line.

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From left to right: Missy (Catherine Keener), Dean (Bradley Whitford), Rose (Allison Williams), Georgina (Betty Gabriel) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) in Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele.

Anyways, fuck it, I LOVED Get Out.  It’s perfect.  Easily the best movie I’ve seen so far this year.   In Get Out, Marnie from Girls takes her boyfriend (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya) back to her rural childhood home to meet Mom and Dad for the first time.  Marnie (I’m just gonna call her Marnie) claims she doesn’t see race nor sees the point in letting her parents know ahead of time that she’s dating a black man, but Chris, said black man, is not as naïve.  I’d rather not reveal much more than that premise to avoid spoilers, but needless to say Greg Focker had it easy compared to this weekend visit.  Get Out is classified as a horror, but I really urge people that generally avoid the scary genre to give this a shot.  For one reason, it’s just as funny as it is scary.  And two, it’s gotta be one of the most thought-provoking films you’ll see all year, especially for those not accustomed to encountering casual discrimination.  Costarring a suddenly grey Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener.      Grade: A+

  • One last item of note. This film is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, factoring in over 130 reviews. That is CRAZY.  Honestly never seen that before.  As mentioned in my blurb on Moonlight, there’s always one asshole that ruins a perfect RT score, but somehow Get Out pulled it off.  Does Breitbart not have a film critic?

One comment

  1. Anonymous · March 21, 2017

    Just saw Get Out with Drew on Saturday. We both thought it was great – funny, scary and thought provoking. Good build up of suspense and surprise. Somehow I see this as a bizarre and modern cross between “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Frankenstein”. Jordon Peele did a fantastic job hooking our emotional involvement — the audience cheered and clapped at certain scenes toward the end. Thanks for your review – you perked my interest in seeing it! Glad we saw it. –Lori Dotson

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