Get Out – Peele Delivers Without Key
Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris – a young African-American guy heading off to meet his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. However, in a Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner twist, his lady is Rose (Allison Williams) – the whitest white liberal Millennial gal the world has ever seen (she is more woke than the entire cast of Hamilton!).
Chris is apprehensive about what may happen during this weekend getaway, but his fears soon turn from racial tension to worry about his personal safety as he starts to realize all of the African-Americans in this rich, big city bedroom enclave act very oddly.
Once he lets it all hang out in the third act, writer/director Jordan Peele delivers a fantastic ending for a movie that needs to move quicker and embrace the over-the-top nature of the situations.
Peele wants to lure the crowd in by trying to slowly ratchet up the audience’s suspicions with little peculiarities here and odd occurrences there, but the pacing lags. We are waiting around for the big reveal that most people who already have an interest in seeing the movie have been made aware of to some degree or another, so why not get to it?
Yet, Peele’s storytelling flaws (which are minor) are offset by his top notch dialogue and character creation. He has fun with the awkward conversations people of different races, as well as the same, have to bridge the gap and find common ground, while allowing the character of Rodney (Lil Rel Howery) to steal the show.
Howery is the breakout star of Get Out as Rodney airs his suspicions about the whole situation the way a best friend should and let’s his imagination run wild, but, little does anyone realize, Rodney’s imagination is the one they should be listening to. Howery’s energy keeps the audience engaged and helps us get to that strong third act where the movie you have been waiting for finally emerges.
Get Out is part parody and part grindhouse B-movie if you stick it out all the way to the end.
2 ½ Waffles (Out of 4)
Get Out is rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.