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Review – Get Out

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Unsettling. Uncomfortable. Disturbing. Terrifying. Also a stroke of genius and laugh out loud funny.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a young black man about to meet his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. On top of the normal concerns, he can’t help but be apprehensive about the fact that he’s the first black guy she’s brought home, despite her assurances that her parents are the furthest from racist as can be. Well, it turns out that run of the mill racial issues should be the least of his worries as the situation escalates from uncomfortable to terrifying in a matter of hours.

Jordan Peele, brings his special brand of genius to the table for his directorial debut. Known primarily for his comedic work, Peele blends horror, comedy, and social commentary into something completely fresh and entirely affecting. Get Out is genuinely frightening at times, while eliciting wholehearted laughter at others, and provoking conversation throughout. Bringing new meaning to the word “unsettling,” nearly every moment that you’re not laughing will find your squirming in your seat or jumping to the edge of it. By playing neither as a traditional comedy or horror film, it subverts your expectations of each brilliantly without falling into the cliched traps of either.

As the plot twists along, you’ll find yourself at a largely unexpected destination that’s both satisfying and rather terrifying. Exhibiting a nuance not often seen in either genre Get Out draws from, the cast is all in, delivering a fantastic performance. The acting is only the beginning of the brilliance as the story is expertly crafted and deftly told. By the film’s end I was thinking back to earlier scenes and viewing them in an entirely different light, realizing what was actually happening. It’s not that they felt like something that necessarily needed explaining, but they took on new meaning by the time the end credits rolled around.

With a bit less levity, the story feels like it could have fit in nicely as an episode of Black Mirror, which is one of the highest compliments I can give to something who’s goal is to both disturb you and make you think. You’ll squirm, but you’ll also probably revisit those moments and consider just what is making you do so. Comedy and horror are two genres fraught with retreads and cliches, yet Get Out manages to be its own thing from start to finish. I do have to wonder if a movie that depends on issues of racism for both scares and laughs is healthy, but it is certainly relevant and utterly brilliant. It’s also utterly crazy. See it.

Mrs. Hamster did not screen this film

Brother Hamster did not screen this film

My rating: Four out of five hats

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Get Out gets in 2,781 theaters, February 24

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