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by Justyn Cortes
Get Out is the first sleeper hit of the year and it is a true inspiration to filmmakers that movies like this can still be made and that audiences will come to watch them. Comedian, Jordan Peele, (writer & director of this film) masterfully unfurls this suspenseful, yet satirical thriller by playing to the real-life anxieties caused by racism that many minorities experience in the United States. He creates such a complex, but likable protagonist with Chris that his trepidation towards his girlfriend's family does not feel exaggerated, but authentically unnerving. Every movie should have something to say and Get Out's relevancy is certainly a reflection of the current socio-political climate.
Pros - Part of what makes this film so brilliant in the horror genre is that every awkwardly tense moment or strenuous build-up comes from a real place. Many people are afraid of what they do not understand and when someone's culture and/or ethnicity are unfamiliar, misconceptions are made and irrational choices and words are expressed with equal condemnation and judgment. This clash of indifference and hatred has spawned some horrific results; things more unsettling than any horror movie monster could dish out. This movie capitalizes on that completely. Every jump scare is well-earned and does not feel like a cheap gimmick. Peele also uses humor to add levity to the story (which ALL horror films need) and disarm the audience's anticipation before executing another super frightening jump scare. #silenceofthedeer. Lastly, one of the best things a movie can do is transport the audience into the skin and psyche of the protagonist. Chris is not just a typical "red shirt" black guy in a horror movie; he actually matters. You want him to find love, acceptance and happiness. If you care about the character, then you care about what happens to them. By caring about what happens to Chris, it allows for cultural perceptions to flip and I commend any film that attempts to expand or enlighten one's worldview.
Cons - This film's cons have nothing to do with its story progression or character development because those are flawless, but more so with one's expectations. If you are a horror fan that wants to see blood and guts, monsters, and young people desperately trying to stay alive...then this is not the movie for you. While there are some gruesome elements of horror in this movie, it is more of a suspenseful thriller. If that is not your cup of tea, then wait for Saw: Legacy and Insidious 4 to get your specified horror fix.
However, if you are a fan of ALL forms of horror, this movie will tickle your scary bone without question.
Rating: REEL GOOD!
PS - LOL