Amazing acting, and intriguing story, but poor ending.
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is travelling with his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) to her parent’s estate for the weekend. Before they leave, Chris worries that her White parents will be shocked that he is an African-American. Rose reassures him that they will be fine. True enough, her parents, Missy (Catherine Keener), and Dean (Bradley Whitford), and later on her brother, Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones), all appear to be friendly. However, Chris gets a feeling that something is off, especially with the ‘help’, Walter (Marcus Henderson), and Georgina (Betty Gabriel). He conveys this to his friend, Rod (LilRel Howery), who tells him to get out. Directed and written by Jordan Peele.
I am definitely not one for horror films, and if you take a look at my other reviews, there is only one other review that would fit the horror genre – The Exorcist. And I only have that because I was forced to watch it for a film studies class, which in hindsight, I may have been able to request to not watch it. Oh, actually, Memories of Murder, would also be another one.
Anyway, the reason I am saying this, is because I looked online beforehand to research extensively, how much horror this movie contained. I read a review that said it was more thriller than horror, and the person wrote in detail the parts which would frighten. It wasn’t much of a spoiler for me, because I usually don’t remember the things I’ve read or seen when watching a movie. Anyway, I decided to trust this person, because they sounded quite honest. And it was worth it. For anyone out there who cannot stand horror movies, I am with you, and this film is OK to watch. There are a few scenes that initiate jolts – and this is mainly accompanied with loud sound effects. But for the most part, these scenes are quite troll like, in the sense that Peele wanted visceral reactions (as heard in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel), and inserted these loud, abrupt sound effects in order to achieve that.
What I can’t stand about horror movies, is mainly the horrific make-up/ costumes, and of course, the eerie soundtrack which no horror movie is complete without. But for this movie, it focuses more on the story, rather than the actual scaring part, and so I would say they wrongly categorized it, as it is more thriller than horror.
Moving on, Kaluuya puts on an amazing performance. I previous saw him in an episode of Black Mirror, and have to say that he is really talented. His expressions in Get Out, and especially the iconic ‘sink’ scene (which can be seen in the trailer), is phenomenal. Williams too, does a great job, and their chemistry on screen is well established. I would have to say that Gabriel was another actress of which the film would be incomplete without. Her emotionless stares are super bizarre, but is what makes her character. Howery, plays the comic relief for this film, and his personality really shines through. His character helps the movie stay above the line into total darkness.
However, the ending pushed it over the edge into ridiculousness. It was bordering between being realistic but freaky, and sci-fi comedy throughout, but the ending just pushed it all the way into the sci-fi comedy realm. I’m not saying that the genre is bad, but it was so good at giving that thrilling atmosphere, until it just gave it away.
So, in general, I’d say that this is a great thriller, with amazing acting, directing, and cinematography, but a poor ending.
PROS: Acting, directing, concept
I give this a 8/10.
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