It’s time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
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The new elements of the exchange gain power from the context of a familiar set up. Just as the immortal line late in the movie, “You know I can’t give you the keys, right babe?” has an inevitability that makes it all the more terrifying. The audaciously frank ideas delivered in classical packaging make “Get Out” the most ingenious construction of all the nominees.
I’d say that no screenwriter in 2017 did more while working from scratch than Peele did. . . . Get Out’s script privileges character and situation over allusion; its greatest moments of recognition are rooted in lived, rather than viewed, experience.
For me, there are only three kinds of films — good, bad and occasionally great. “Get Out” is made with the finely honed precision of a master. It transcends genre, as do “Psycho,” “Alien” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Most of us go to a movie to laugh, to be moved or to be scared. We want an emotional response and some kind of satisfying closure. “Get Out” delivers on all cylinders. There’s not a wasted frame or moment.
3.6 Not my genre but this worked great for a movie date with my friend who doesn't watch films in black and white, or with subtitles. I really have to search for a film to watch with this friend. We also saw Carrie, Good Time, American Honey, Tangerine... so along with those films, this is one that makes it though the filters of two very different filmgoers and succeeds very well.
The insidiousness of prejudice, ethnic despise and contempt and a thought-provoking somewhere between soem of the best meta horror films of the 10s 'under the skin' and 'it follows' (and many a Lynch flicks) come to mind. i went back and forth with my rating. Still being haunted by this.
When this came out, people were knocking each other over to tell anyone and everyone just how good this politically-charged Oscar nominee is – ironically, this praise feels like the old man telling Chris how much he loves Tiger Woods. Strange, surface-level, patronizing, condescending. This is average at best being heralded as genius. You all love to drop that "social commentary" line, too. Edgy!
Maybe my expectations were too high; but I felt deeply let down. It starts out with a decent build-up but quickly runs out of steam and offers no surprises. The script is nowhere near as smart or politically charged as people try to make it out. Predictable and bland. (2 stars)
It's okeish. I mean.. You shouldn't get over excited for tropes you have already seen in Society, Stepford Wives and millions of other movies and then call it out as such a political statement just because. Maybe I'm too much an old fart, but I found it predictable especially when it goes down to the inevitable explanation for the dumbest spectators. Getting a bit tired of this spoon fed cinema for dummies.
The issue this film is attempting to confront (the hidden and submerged racism of neoliberal middle/upper class whites and the silencing of black voices) is relevant. The movie starts out promising (awkward dialogue and increasingly uncomfortable situations for the main character meeting the girlfriend's bizarre family) but, unfortunately, ends up over the top and ridiculous.
Never quite betters its amazing prologue. Finding a balance between contemporary horror movie cliché & social satire, it creates a scene that is not only unnerving, but thought-provoking too. The main narrative flaunts its absurd sci-fi subtext as if trying to critique the genre itself, but while clever, funny & engaging throughout, the characters are two-dimensional & the ending lacks the courage of its convictions.
2 1/2 stars. People bizarrely praise this film to no end and hold it in such high regard... and I don't get it. I can't shake the feeling that the film is trying to be more than when it actually is. Has it's moments here and there, but ultimately- it didn't have enough balls to go all the way. LilRel Howery is the only dope thing about this movie. Overall a one note, watch it once & then forget about it type of film.