Thursday 17 August 2017

Aaron’s Spoiler-free review of Get Out

As a long-time fan of Jordan Peele, I was immensely excited to catch this flick. An outstanding actor/comedian writing/directing a visceral horror movie? Count me in!

The more I read about this film, the more excited I was to see it! Everyone I knew was giving it outstanding praise and I hadn’t heard a bad word against it from the moment I heard about it, right up to the point where I was about to watch it!

So, there I sat, with great anticipation, my eyes fixed on the screen and a smile of excitement chiseled into my face. Then, as the end credits rolled up the screen, I was sat in the same position, with the same smile on my face, only something was different. My eyes. They were empty, and my pulse had slowed down, and in my mind, I was thinking one thing and one thing only:

Damn, I hated this movie.

That’s right, bitches! I hated it, and yes, for all the controversial reasons you would expect! To start with, let me just say that Jordan Peele shows us in this film that he is a mightily talented director, and if he sticks to this genre, I can see a few shiny, golden statues in his future. However, though the social commentary that plays throughout this movie is important, I can’t help but notice that it was taken a little too far.

The acting in this film was absolutely mind-blowing. Everyone brought their A-Game to the table and it pays off immensely! There was one particular scene that stole the show for me, when our leading lady Rose (portrayed by Allison Williams) has a phone conversation later in the film which gives one of the most spine-tingling and unnerving performances I’ve seen in recent years, and I really cannot help but applaud her performance. Bloody outstanding.

Now, remember, this is a spoiler-free review, so I can’t go into much detail on it, but here’s the film’s basic synopsis, followed with a snippety hint of why I hated it so much.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time out in the sticks and is somewhat nervous about it. Before he leaves, he tells his girlfriend of his worry (two white parents meeting their daughter’s new black boyfriend) and how he feels she should have told them of his ethnicity beforehand, to which she tells him not to worry. He then meets said parents, is made to feel uncomfortable by them and all their friends, to which he tells his girlfriend “I told you so”.

That’s right, all the white people are racist.

So, with all of that being said, even though I absolutely hated this film, I’m going to give this movie a rating I feel it truly deserves. The film is executed beautifully which leaves us with essences of Stanley Kubrick, but I’m afraid you can’t fight racism with more racism. That’s not how it works.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Rating: Shame. - 6/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!

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