Racism will probably always be an issue in the world. The typical threats associated with racism may change, but every now and again, we are reminded of how much racism still exists in the world today. Obviously, there was going to be a horror film centered around the concept of racism, but not in the way that you’d automatically assume. Get Out is an interesting film that takes a step in a pretty original direction. For a while, this movie scored scores so high, it kept a pretty constant 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Even today, it’s at 99%…and for horror, that’s a pretty big deal. So, originally, I wasn’t planning to review this for Horror Week, but I just couldn’t help myself. Get Out came out on digital today, so how did it do?
Get Out tells the story of a black man that comes to “meet the parents” of his white girlfriend. When he gets there, the family seems all but natural. Their estate has a black man and women tending the garden and cooking for everyone, giving the appearance of slavery…but it’s not that simple. They are acting really weird when confronted.
You know what this feels like? An M. Night Shyamalan film. It has that overall creepy feeling when you’re watching it, not quite knowing when to expect something to happen…but you know it’s coming at some point. It even has a repetitious focus on one particular object and (color) throughout the film – which is what Shyamalan used to do. This really feels like something he did…which is weird, because he didn’t. So when I think about what makes this a special and unique talked-about film, I think about Shyamalan’s popular past.
Another thing that you get right away is the mystery. This movie is weird, and it revels in being weird. Chris (the main guy) knows something is up, that something is wrong, but neither he nor the audience can really place their finger on it. Maybe it’s hypnosis, but that’s too easy. So, throughout the film, you’re given clues as to what’s really going on, and I’ll tell you right now that it is a brilliant and original mystery, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror film. It’s really creepy, but it’s not really a horror movie, so there was a bit of a disappointment there.
PEOPLE SCORE – 9/10
Acting – 2|Characters – 1|Casting – 2|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 2
Alright, down to brass tax. They got the people category nearly perfect here, the only problem came down to the characters. This isn’t really a movie that I’ll remember the characters for. Nobody really had any solid depth or strong character development, but they all could act pretty well, they were all pretty strong choices for the characters, almost each and every character had an important role to play, and they all worked very well together. Everything here was pretty perfect.
WRITING SCORE – 9/10
Dialogue – 2|Balanced – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 2|Interesting – 2
Again, the writing score was nearly perfect as well. The only problem came down to the story. The focus wasn’t on the story, it was on the mystery. What this movie’s trying to tell you is…be careful who you date…which I guess is important, but given the racist undertones, I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a great story. The dialogue was strong, though, and so was the balance of the story, it’s originality, and it’s interesting factor. Once again, a nearly perfect topic.
BTS SCORE – 8/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 2|Editing – 2|Advertisement – 1|Music – 1
Once again, a very high score for Behind-the-scenes. It’s a visually impressive film in ways I did not expect, the directing was pretty darn good for the story he’s trying to tell, the editing has some really strong moments towards the end, but this isn’t what I expected. The advertisement for this film was pure horror insanity. You remember the flashy trailers that were not only really strange, but pointed to the idea that this was going to be the scariest movie you’ve ever seen, which it wasn’t. The music was also just okay. There was potential for the music to be better, but that never really happened.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 0
Pretty strong story arc in Get Out. The introduction showed us Chris and his girlfriend, and set the scene for what was to come, which was the inciting incident, they are going to her parent’s house, which to Chris, feels like a prison. The obstacles come in when Chris is piecing things together, and the climax is pretty wild, too. But it ends right after that, leaving you with no falling action.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 6/10
Rewatchability – 2|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 1|Sucks Audience IN – 1
However, is it an entertaining film? Yes, somewhat, but it could’ve been better. I would rewatch the movie in a heartbeat because I did have a fun time watching it. That being said, I wouldn’t buy it. I might join in on a discussion about it, but I won’t lose my mind if I never talk to anyone about it, either. Finally, it does suck you in at certain points, but it’s not a constant “suck”.
SPECIALTY QUESTIONS – 40/50
Horror – 5|Romance – 5|Race – 10|Mystery – 10|Halfway Decent – 10
Now, we’re onto the specialty questions that I wrote before watching the film. What I anticipated on watching is something scary but romantic, something about racism with a mystery, and I hoped it was halfway decent. The horror really wasn’t there. I gave it half points because it was pretty darn creepy, though. The romance was there, but mostly in-between the film with very little focus, so I gave that half points too. Now, the racism bit is definitely there, just not in the way you’d expect, the mystery is really good throughout the film, and I would definitely consider this a halfway decent film.