The Academy Award winning thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele). Did it deserve to win best original screenplay? Heck yes. Should you see it? Maybe.
Entertainment: 4/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 8/10
It will be difficult to go into the film’s rankings without some spoilers, but I’ve done my best to make this review completely spoiler-free.
Apart from the film’s main strength in mystery, it has great humor and great characters. But its primary entertainment value comes from constantly keeping you on your toes: you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen next.
Get Out feels like a murder-mystery. Something about it feels off and sinister (with the help of background music, of course), which leaves you constantly guessing what’s going on. Get Out has a very original plot twist. If one of your friends has seen the movie, they’ll likely say, “You’ll never guess it.” Because “it,” as far as I can tell, is a completely original idea by Peele.
And, of course, the buildup and foreshadowing are done beautifully. It makes me want to watch the film again just to look for all the little clues we were left.
Unfortunately, the only thing that really stuck with me about this film was the plot twist. Which, again, is much like a murder mystery. In most Agatha Christie novels, you more or less remember some of the characters (sometimes not even that), but you almost always remember who the killer is.
This isn’t really a murder mystery, but it does feel like one. After finishing the movie once, you might go back to watch it again just to see the subtle clues left throughout the film that you missed during the first viewing. But I didn’t really gain any insights into humanity or learn any lessons: it’s just not what the film chose to do.
I will say this about the deer, though: what exactly was the point? Yes, a buck head was later on the mantle-piece, but…it’s not like the family intentionally left a deer on the road for them to hit. It’s not foreshadowing: foreshadowing is something where the characters are given some sort of clue or insight as to what’s going on, but doesn’t necessarily make sense out of context until the big reveal. But the family had absolutely no control over the deer, and it wasn’t on the road because of their intentions. Afterwards, I just viewed the entire deer scene as critic bait, trying to stuff in some sort of “symbol” to make the film more artsy. But it really didn’t add anything to the story that I could see, and the time could have been spent on something more important.
In short, there isn’t really any intellect in the film. It’s certainly clever, both in the main idea and how it’s presented, but that’s not the kind of thing I mean by “intellect.” So overall, Get Out gets a neural 3/5 for intellect, and the twist gets it a +1 for originality.
Should you see the film? Maybe. The plot twist is unique, but not life-changing. I’ll probably forget all about the movie a few years down the line. But it’s also not the kind of plot twist that you can just look up on Wikipedia and expect to get the full impact. It was an enjoyable film, and not really scary at all (which, for me, is a positive). But I wasn’t raving about it afterwards, either.
So it’ll be up to you to decide if the film is worth watching. It certainly isn’t a waste of time.