Film Review: Get Out

Earlier today I visited The Odeon Cinema at Covent Garden to watch the psychological thriller Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele. A minimal of spoilers may be encountered below.

Overall its merits far outweigh its flaws and I would recommend those of the necessary age to see it (and those with the constitution to watch horror) to go and give it a watch.

On the characters, the film does an exceedingly good job of making Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris Washington relatable from an early stage in the movie; by the films climax I found myself almost audibly urging him forward during his climatic escape in the third act. Whereas Kaluuya’s performance instills a shared sense of dread for the situation he is in with the audience, the creep factor gets turned up immensely by some of the other leading cast members as the film progresses. Leaving the cinema had us feeling generally uneasy for a good while afterwards to boot.

The visual storytelling at first seemed a little forced with its depiction of revealing who our character was, but ultimately essential for the pace I felt personally. It was relatively easy to detect where the camera would pan a good while before it did and you knew what would follow reasonably easy. However some of the more clever set design elements came into play during the reveal scene where all the main cast are gathered. If you happen to watch Get Out anytime soon, be sure to pay attention to the decor and furnishings of the main location.

The pace of the story is to be expected of most horror films but pausing every so often to give the audience a laugh of relief for the racially charged content. Which, it goes without saying, is inescapable in this movie. It was a very strange combination of real apprehension and innocent laughter.

It felt very fresh in a peculiar way and seemed to have a dialogue about race which might appear clumsy on the surface, such as the trailer, but seemed to alleviate a lot of the imposing gravity whilst actively engaging with it to an mainstream audience.

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