The last thing anyone would associate with the comedic duo #KeyAndPeele is a horror movie, and yet one half of the duo behind a movie about two best friends and their cute kitten went out of his way to prove that he can do more than make people laugh. #JordanPeele wrote and directed #GetOut - a horror movie with a satirical edge that tackles the heated race relations in everyday American society.
Check out the trailer for the film below.
Not only is Get Out quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most relevant and daring horror movies to come out in a while, but it's also a critically acclaimed film that scored a perfect 100 percent on the film review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes.
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'Get Out' Is Here To Stay
As of February 24, 2017, Get Out maintains its perfect score, netting it a "Certified Fresh" certification from the website. It should be noted that only a few movies have received such a rank, let alone a critical consensus as high as the one Get Out received.
Few horror movies have averaged score of 100 percent. Some other Certified Fresh horror movies from recent memory include Hush (94 percent), The Babadook (98 percent), and The Witch (91 percent).
Here are just some of the many high praises critics had for Get Out:
Manhole Dargis, The New York Times:
Part of what makes "Get Out" both exciting and genuinely unsettling is how real life keeps asserting itself, scene after scene.
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter:
One of the most satisfying thrillers in several years, Get Out proves that its first-time director, Key and Peele costar Jordan Peele, has plenty of career options if he should grow tired of doing comedy in front of the camera.
Matt Goldberg, Collider:
Peele sees how far white people have come, and points out how little distance we’ve traveled. Get Out isn’t meant to be reassuring. It isn’t meant to be conciliatory. It’s a bucket of ice water, and it will give you chills.
Aisha Harris, Slate:
Only grows more darkly relevant as the main story gets going, masterfully unfurling all of the real-life anxieties of Existing While Black while simultaneously mining that situation for all its twisted absurdity.
Bob Mondello, NPR:
"Get Out" is more a very smart satire with scares, than a full-on horror movie. But if it makes you think while it's making you jump there's much to be said for that.
Katie Walsh, DFW:
Peele flips horror conventions on their head, and in doing so, flips our cultural perceptions.
Get Out focuses on the interracial romance of Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). Chris is nervous about meeting Allison's parents for the first time since they don't know he's black, but all seems fine when the couple arrives at the Arimtages' family home.
Things take a turn for the sinister when Chris notices that the African American residents are acting strangely, and when Allison's parents do everything they can to make Chris stay with them.
A New Kind Of Horror
Based on the early reviews, it seems that Get Out fulfilled the promises shown in its trailer and more. Not only is Get Out a far cry from the generic and disposable horror movies that tend to flood cinemas during the Halloween season, but Get Out also successfully combines dark comedy and fear to deliver a very different kind of horror. As Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com put it, Get Out is an unsettling racially charged combination of The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby.
For far too long in horror movies people of color have often been the first characters to meet their end and Get Out does so much to upend that tradition and shows a scary story from a perspective rarely seen in mainstream horror movies: that of an African American protagonist.
Factor in the political and racial themes that Get Out doesn't shy away from, and Jordan Peele's directorial debut in genre filmmaking is one hell of a first impression.