Director: Jordan Peele
This little film is so perfect, you’ll find yourself giving a standing ovation over the end credits. I hesitate to call it a horror, despite plenty of jump scares and some stomach churning gore in the last act.
But good horrors often make you doubt they are horrors at all. A young black man visits his white girlfriend’s parents in an affluent New Hampshire neighbourhood for the first time and… SOMETHING’S not right. Despite her assuring him beforehand that her family aren’t racist, everyone seems to be treating him with suspiciously veiled politeness. And the only other black faces he sees belong to servants and groundkeepers. You want him to, well, ‘get out’, but you can also see what compels him to stay and face up to whatever is actually going on.
Things get weird. And then violent. I was a bit worried for a while that it was going to be one of those films that leave matters unanswered and expect the audience to make up their own minds. I’m all for open endings, but with a mystery as compelling as this, it would just be cheating.
You want the loose ends tied up. And boy, does this tie up the loose ends ingenuously. The last twenty minutes are such a thrill-ride, you hardly even notice all the pieces falling into place, such is the quality of the action and the plotting.
A quality cast (only some of whom I recognised, including the wonderful Catherine Keener) have you constantly searching their expressions and body language for clues. And the soundtrack and cinematography are uniformly excellent.
Let’s hope justice and good taste prevail to give Get Out the word of mouth success it deserves.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Tasteful and weird horror like Don’t Look Now or Kill List.