Mystery / Thriller
Try pairing with: Pernil-Style Pulled Pork
This past weekend, we had some guests from out of town. Jeremy’s moms from Florida had come to stay with us for Ivy’s fourth birthday. We happened to watch Get Out and and another film and for them both to write a guest review. This is the first, but check back soon for the other!
Grama Shelly’s Rating: B+
I always love a visit to Philly to see our son, Jeremy, our daughter-in-law, Jen and our granddaughters, Hayley and Ivy. One of the things I look most forward to is the opportunity to enjoy watching movies together during our “adult time.” After a particularly busy day which featured Ivy’s birthday party (four years old!!), Jeremy and I watched “Get Out” together as our respective spouses conked out early.
“Get Out” is billed as a mystery thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele (yes, that is the same Jordan Peele from the comedy duo of Key and Peele). Starring Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Allison Williams as his girlfriend Rose, and Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener as Rose’s parents, the movie begins with Chris and Rose planning a visit to Rose’s parents. We learn that Rose has not disclosed to her parents that Chris is African American, which does give Chris some pause. Rose does reassure Chris that her family is super liberal and accepting and he will without a doubt be embraced by her family.
Initially, I thought that this movie was going to be a modern socio-drama commenting on racism and relationships, but there were so many twists and surprising turns that I hesitate to describe more of the plot for fear of releasing a spoiler. Suffice it to say that what started out to be a friendly getaway weekend at a secluded estate in the woods quickly turns into a nightmare for a young African-American man. I would be remiss if I failed to mention LilRel Howery who played Rod Williams, Chris’ best friend who worked for the TSA. Not only did his character provide some welcome comic relief to this intense thriller, but he helped to move the plot forward to its grisly and unexpected conclusion.
I found the film to be suspenseful and engaging and well worth the view. I highly recommend it to non-squeamish people who enjoy mystery thrillers. I give it a solid B+.
Jeremy’s Review: A-
Get out is the directorial film debut by Jordan Peele, and brings with it the hopes of a very bright future career for him in film. This film was what I expected it to be for roughly a half hour and then took everything I thought I knew and flipped it on its head. This review is going to be very hard for me to write effectively because I do not want to reveal anything and ruin a single part of this film for those of you who decide that its something that you want to see. But if you take the time to read both the review from my mother and my own, you should gain enough knowledge of the film to make an educated decision.
What I can say about Get Out is that it’s absolutely fantastic! Is it the best thriller I’ve ever seen? No. Is it among some of the best? Sure is. The acting is superb, the cast is memorable, and as wild as the plot is, it does seem plausible until about two-thirds of the way through the movie. Despite the fact that it takes a more fantastic turn, and slightly out of the realm of reality, does not detract from it at all. In fact, it makes it even more gripping, more edge-of-your-seat, and crazier than you could have ever imagined. Where the film does occasionally misstep, there is a comedic TSA agent ready with hilarious attitude and quips that pull it right back on track, creating a fan favorite, and keeping the whole thing flowing.
Everyone should see this film. What starts as an apparent social and racial commentary on modern society, quickly blows up into one of the strangest-yet-engaging films you’ve seen in a long time, yet still never loses its commitment to pointing out the absurdities and inequalities that still do exist in our society. In my opinion, no one should miss this film, unless you just absolutely hate thrillers or mysteries, which is why I give this film an A-.