Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been a fan of horror/thriller movies. I can remember watching Fright Night movie specials where they would play back to back movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Candyman, etc. The funny thing is after I would watch these scary movies, I’d have to tell myself that they were fake and watch some cartoons to take my mind off of what I had just watched. That was the only way to go to sleep without nightmares.
When I saw the trailer for Get Out, I knew I wanted to see it as soon as it hit theaters. Days leading up to the movie release, I found out that Jordan Peele, the other half to the hit Comedy Central series Key & Peele, wrote and directed this movie. Nonetheless, it was going to be cool to see how this comedian would stray off his comedic path and transition to the thriller lane. Without going into many details about the movie and with this being one of the first thrillers for 2017, I would have to say it was a great one.
Get Out is about Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man involved in an interracial relationship going to visit his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. As he his staying with the family, Chris’s senses start to go off that something is not right within the family and as the movie progresses you begin to realize the sinister covert and overt racism that’s taking place. In the beginning, I thought this family wasn’t that bad…the dad is a little bit overzealous because of the new token black guy in the house, the mom is already looking weird so instantly I didn’t trust her, and then you meet the crazy ass brother who looks like the junior baby version of Heath Ledger. Oh, and there’s the two black people that are already working for the family. They send off crazy signals because no black person (today at least) looking that happy serving for an all white family.
The movie is filled with suspenseful moments, loud bangs that make you jump, scenes that make you talk at the screen, and some comedic relief provided by comedian, Lil Rel Howery, who levels out the seriousness of the film. When you watch it you’ll see what I’m talking about. Like I said earlier, this was a great movie to go see. I loved the concept of it all, it was very creative and I think Jordan Peele did a really great job directing. You could easily compare what is taking place in our own society to what is happening in the movie. If you’re a black guy reading this and you never had a white girlfriend before, this movie shows what it would look like to meet her family, minus the hypnotism. Overall I give this movie a solid A, the storyline brought me to the edge of my seat, while also being suspenseful, thrilling, really creepy and funny at times. While only costing $5 million to make, the movie topped the box office with a $30.5 million dollar opening weekend. Not bad for a first time director. I can’t wait to see what he produces next.