It's only February, but 2017 has already given us a film with a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Jordan Peele's Get Out has received stellar reviews for weeks, and with its opening weekend finally here, people are rushing to theaters to find out if the film is really worth the hype.
Yes. It is.
Not only is Get Out worthy of its perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, it just might be one of the best films of 2017. Here's why it should be a serious contender at the Oscars this time next year.
1. A Stellar Cast
Get Out benefits greatly from an amazing cast. Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Stephen Root are all actors who are known to turn in top-notch performances, and how they pull off their multi-layered characters is truly impressive. Performances by newcomers Allison Williams, Lakeith Stanfield and Betty Gabriel are also solid and prove that they're definitely actors to keep an eye on.
Lil Rel Howery brings most of the film's comic relief and is excellent at giving it an entirely new dimension. No one will be forgetting Daniel Kaluuya's heroic performance any time soon! His performance as our lead character in a beyond awkward situation is one that critics will be talking about straight into the 2018 award season.
With a cast this strong, it is nearly impossible to poke holes in anybody's performances.
2. The Script Is A Unique Genre Mashup
Get Out can't be described as belonging to one genre. While it may be easy to define this movie as a horror film, it also has elements of a comedy, drama and thriller. So, what is it, exactly? That question is what makes the film so great.
If you truly need to put a label on it, it comes across as an intense thriller. The comedy is blended so smoothly throughout, you can go from being scared out of your mind to laughing out loud in a matter of minutes — and it never feels like cheap camp. After seeing the movie, I still can't seem to put my finger on exactly what genre this film belongs in, but that's OK, because it's still one hell of a ride no matter what label it holds.
The film constantly has you on the edge of your seat, wondering what sort of dread awaits the main character. Some scenes are pulse-pounding and lead to some extremely effective jump scares. More subtle scenes contribute to the film's overall feeling that something just isn't right. The movie's dreadful atmosphere that reaches into every scene, and will solidify it as modern-day classic. A Best Original Screenplay nomination wouldn't be a stretch.
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3. Flawless Social Satire
Many people online appeared to be nervous about the film's social message stirring up trouble before they'd given the film's content a chance. The fact of the matter is, the film's social commentary is flawlessly blended in with its scares and comedic elements. Get Out gives you the respect of presenting you with the story and letting you fill in social/political messages for yourself.
The film assumes its audience is aware of the many racial conflicts currently going on in America, and leaves its viewers to draw their own conclusions. The film is far from preachy, but still delivers hard-hitting commentary — the kind of commentary often found in Best Picture contenders.
4. It Will Open Doors For Other Academy Award-Worthy Voices
Get Out's almost certain box office success is important for the horror genre for several reasons. Jordan Peele is a first-time director who's proving that horror movies with an African-American lead can shine just as bright as any other movie. Not since Tales From The Hood has a horror film been made with the African-American audience clearly as its target audience. The writing is excellent, the directing is solid and it's deep-rooted social messages are not overdone.
Hopefully film studios will start green-lighting more horror features written, directed and produced by people of color. Jordan Peele's new voice, in a genre that can seem extremely stale at times, is refreshing — and he's going to inspire many more voices to follow in his footsteps.
Get Out is in theaters now. Have you seen it yet? What did you think?