Last weekend, I went and saw “Get Out.”
My only expectations for the movie was for it to be super good as I was told it would be by a friend and my sister who had already seen the movie. I didn’t watch the trailer at all, so I had no prior knowledge about anything concerning the film. Usually, I could care less about movies and keeping up with them. But this movie was different. So much excitement was building up inside me in the days leading up to seeing it. I think the reason is because all the good comments I heard about the movie and the movie being completely new (non-sequel or remake).
I got to see it on a Friday at the Rave Cinemas in West Philadelphia. As soon as the movie started, I was so engaged, my mind is constantly racing and it’s easy for me to slip into a daydream or just not be paying attention but this wasn’t the case for Get Out. From the beginning of the movie my eyes were glued to the screen, I didn’t want to miss any small clues or important information.
For those who don’t know, without giving anything away: Get Out tells a story of an interracial relationship between Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). They’re at the “meeting parents” stage in the relationship and Rose decides to invite Chris over her parents house to meet them. Chris and Rose arrive and things start getting crazy as Chris slowly realizes the truth about the Armitage family. From the beginning things seem a little strange to Chris but as the film unfolds, so does the truth.
In the beginning I was calm and relaxed but towards the middle my jaw slowly started to drop as things got intense. A factor that made the movie ten times more enjoyable for me was the audience. In those intense scenes, reactions were heard by multiple people across the theater and most of the stuff that was said was what I was thinking. Some of the reactions throughout the movie were “I KNEW IT!”, “OH MY GOD!,” “NO SHE DIDN’T!,” and “DON’T DO IT!”
The callouts weren’t directed towards the main character as they normally are in horror films. Instead they were directed towards the people affecting the main character and the actions concerning him. Nobody seemed irritated or annoyed by the callouts in the theater, the screening went perfectly in my opinion.
Towards the end of the movie my jaw was completely dropped, I was on the edge of my seat, I was so amazed by the scenes and I even made some callouts of my own as I was so shocked by what I was seeing.
After the movie I was completely satisfied by the film, it was everything that I was told it would be.
While leaving the theater I couldn’t stop smiling. I was ecstatic that I seen the movie and I was happy with how it ended. I came to the conclusions that I should give movies more of a chance instead of completely dismissing them without seeing a trailer or knowing anything about it.
There are countless amounts of messages and references to things going in today’s society found within the film. It makes ties to slavery while shining a light on a new concept. During an interview with HipHopDX, Peele said he wrote the script while Obama was president and that Get Out is very relevant in today’s society.
Get Out is a very eye-opening, edge of the seat type of movie. As I was watching, some of the events were predictable but it kept me guessing at the same time. It added a new perspective to my inventory and made me more cautious about several things.