Review Get Out (2017) – Whatever you’re thinking – and we know it’s something along the lines of “Look Who’s Coming To Dinner” – you’re wrong. Yes, it does tackle some of the same social issues, namely, the racial divide we still struggle with, but it does so through memorable dialogue, humor and that mind-twisting piece of the horror puzzle, dread.
Review Get Out (2017)
Seriously, dread is what lets a film delve deep into movie-goer psyches and director Jordan Peele seems to have mastered the technique. Get Out isn’t interested in throwing viewers buckets of blood, sex scenes or jump scares. It wants to get inside your head, stealing your sleep even while it makes you laugh.
Andrew Logan King’s white-out version of himself is comically exaggerated, right down to his fist-bump faux pas with the protagonist, Chris Washington. Still, there’s something eerie about his behavior, especially as we realize we’ve seen his face before…
Still convinced it’s stereotypical, even trite? No, that would be Dean Armitage, played by Bradley Whitford, telling Washington he’d have voted for Obama a third time had he been able. The eugenics-speak and deflection are as rampant throughout the movie as the black fetishizing. Still, Get Out is far from old hat, cranking the creep-factor up to eleven as Georgina, played by Betty Gabriel, offers a duality of expression that’ll leave you both confused and disturbed.
The humor is something we’ve seen before, with LilRel Howery playing the part of the foul-mouthed and funny friend voicing some reason, even if that “reason” is tainted by quirky assumptions and flights of fancy. Somehow, that familiar brand of humor doesn’t fail to elicit laughs or to bring much needed moments of relief from the tension in the Armitage household. Besides, his character, Rod Williams, is TSA. He’s got it handled.
Get Out is psychologically brutal, shocking and funny. Fans of psychological horror can find much to chew over with this one.
Review Get Out (2017) characters and cast include:
Chris Washington – Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario, Welcome to the Punch, Watership Down, The Fades, Kick-Ass 2)
Rose Armitage – Allison Williams (Girls, Peter Pan Live!, College Musical, The Mindy Project)
Missy Armitage – Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote, Unless, Show Me a Hero, War Story, Captain Phillips, Begin Again, A Late Quartet, Death to Smoochy)
Dean Armitage – Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Saving Mr. Banks, Transparent, An American Crime)
Jeremy Armitage – Caleb Landry Jones (Contraband, Twin Peaks, God’s Pocket, Breaking Bad, X-Men: First Class)
Walter – Marcus Henderson (Django Unchained, Whiplash, Pete’s Dragon, Snowfall, Survivor’s Remorse)
Georgina – Betty Gabriel (Good Girls Revolt, The Purge: Election Year, Experimenter)
Andrew Logan King – Lakeith Stanfield (Death Note, Selma, War Machine, Atlanta, Short Term 12)
Jim Hudson – Stephen Root (Office Space, King of the Hill, Boardwalk Empire, The Man in the High Castle, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Justified, Cedar Rapids)
Rod Williams – LilRey Howery (Friends of the People, Insecure, The Carmichael Show)
Lisa Deets – Ashley LeConte Campbell (Rectify, Game of Silence, The Choice, The Haves and the Have Nots, Drop Dead Diva, The Blind Side, The Game)
Philomena King – Geraldine Singer (American Horror Story, Elvis & Nixon, The Ledge, I Saw the Light)