Get Out: Movie Review

I’m all about horror/thriller movies, so when I saw the trailer for Get Out, I couldn’t wait to see it! Especially since the movie comes from the same production wheelhouse as The Visit, The Gift, and the Insidious series. And earlier this week, I was able to catch a screening!

If you haven’t seen the trailer or need a refresher, here’s a quick rundown of what Get Out is about (spoiler-free): After dating for several months, Rose (played by Allison Williams – Marnie on HBO’s Girls) brings her boyfriend Chris (played by Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her family. But as they head from NYC to upstate New York, Chris wonders if her parents know he’s black and whether or not it will be an issue, unsure of what they might think about the two of them together. But when the couple arrive, Chris is welcomed with open  arms, making him feel at ease… but not for long. Chris soon notices that the live-in handyman and housekeeper are very off, seemingly a little too chipper, acting robot-ish, and also seem to be in a strange daze. Of course things get a bit weirder from there, but I always strive to keep these reviews spoiler-free, so I’ll leave it at that!

The film is directed by comedian Jordan Peele, and had PLENTY of satire + hysterical moments, primarily in the role of Chris’ TSA agent friend, Rod Williams (played by Lil Rel Howery), who seriously makes the movie! I did some research after seeing the movie and also found out it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January! After attending a few years ago, this makes me even more excited, especially since not all Sundance movies make it out into the mainstream!

Just around 2 hours, Get Out is rated R and is categorized under the horror/thriller genre. But I’d reclassify it as a comedy, with some thriller moments, and major Stepford Wives vibes. If you’ve seen the movies I mentioned in the intro of this post, this is definitely less scary than those (if you need a reference mark). And believe it or not, but the film has a solid 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of today, pre-nationwide release). That’s crazy to me because nothing is EVER 100% on RT! Is the film’s cast and crew going in and submitting 5-star reviews?! I definitely wouldn’t give it that high of a rating!

So should you see Get Out? It’s kind of a loaded question. Was it funny? Yes. Will it make you jump? Yes (even when you know it’s coming). But there were clear political tones throughout and a big focus on the social issues of race and the power dynamics behind them. The film was definitely meant as a social commentary, but to me, every time those moments happened, it knocked the film down a few pegs for me.

Are you planning to see Get Out this weekend? What are your thoughts on Hollywood bringing politics and social issues into the mix?

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  • I actually do want to see it. I’m a sucker for a horror film. I heard it was compared to You’re Next, and I really enjoyed that movie (even though I know this will be more comedic than scary). And political. Etc.

    • I love horror films too! It did remind me a bit of You’re Next now that you bring it up. I hope you enjoy it, Chelsea!

  • This sounds like it’s similar to the type of movie of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (one of the best movies ever)…mostly comedy with some horror, and originally started as a sort of Indie film. I’ll have to check it out!

    • I need to check that one out – I haven’t heard of it!

  • Eeekkkk! I’m not gonna lie, I don’t do thriller movies very often, but this one looks enticing!

    • There were definitely some creepy moments but it wasn’t scary!

  • We’ve been wanting to see this for quite some time. I think we may go see what it’s all about.

  • Nadine

    Great review! I won’t lie, I hate thrillers! This will not be something I’ll watch but given how out of the movie loop I usually am glad to know not to grab it on a whim!

    • Thanks, Nadine! I love thriller movies! This one wasn’t scary like it seemed in trailers, but there were a few creepy parts for sure!

  • Sharon Glascoe

    I am excited to see this movie. I think it’s important that we continue bringing social issues to light in new ways and continue having these social discussions, as difficult as they may be.

    • I hope you enjoy it, Sharon! The movie was definitely an interesting take on the social issue.

  • Mary Anne

    Being honest, I haven´t heard about this movie before! it looks very good, such a great plan!

    • I hope you get a chance to see it soon! Thanks for reading!

  • Thanks for the review! I definitely am adding this to the list.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • Aw, I loved this movie! I thought it was perfectly done and it was much better than I’d expected from it.

    • I’m glad you liked it, Ashley! The sidekick best friend totally made the movie for me, haha.

  • I want to see this movie, and I like that it’s asking big questions in a genre that historically is very white. The fact that it has all of those amazing reviews is also interesting, but I’m afraid it might hype the movie TOO much for me.

    • You know, I’m thinking maybe that’s what also made me feel not as excited after seeing the movie. With a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes you’d think it was the greatest movie of all time!

  • I’d love to see this film especially with all the buzz surrounding it, but gosh horror is something that I can not watch without fearing for my life. But seeing as this had a 100% positive rating response on Rotten Tomatoes, I may give it a go … maybe in bright daylight haha!

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    • Haha, don’t worry it’s not so bad! They make it look a lot scarier in the trailer! There were a couple moments that make you jump in the movie.. but you know they’re coming!

  • I think I’ll wait till the movie is out on DVD before I watch it, but I’m definitely planning to! I’m intrigued by what I’ve heard about it.

    • It was pretty interesting! Definitely one of those you could just sit around having discussions about for quite some time afterwards!