Invited by his girlfriend, Rose, to visit her parents out in the suburbs one weekend, Chris slightly reluctantly agrees to go. His main worry: he is Rose’s first black boyfriend. Unsure of how her parents will react, he prepares for the worst—like being chased out of the house by Rose’s father with a shotgun—but finds her family to be surprisingly accepting, if not a little stereotypical. However, Chris’s paranoia heightens when a sudden family get together makes him feel that there is more going on with Rose’s family than he is aware of.
When I saw the trailer for Get Out, my first reaction was: this looks like the corniest horror film ever. And I’ve seen some pretty corny horror films. But after seeing Get Out, I wouldn’t classify it as a horror film, but more of a psychological thriller with comedic relief. And it wasn’t bad. The plot was original and interesting, bringing forth a horror I’m sure not many viewers have seen before or even thought of. While there were bits of the plot that were a little obvious, I thought the movie took plenty of turns that kept the viewer on the edge of their seat, guessing.
One part of the movie that I found to be slightly annoying was several sections of extremely loud bursts of music—the sudden DUN! strategically placed to make viewers jump out of their seat (and skin) just at the right moment. I’m not a big fan of this tactic, anyway, and maybe it was just my theater, but I felt like those moments were a little too loud, making it more of a distraction. The other aspect of the film that I thought was overkill was the gruesome violence at the end. Yes, I did hide my eyes through most of it because I can’t handle seeing random objects being shoved through other people’s body parts. I definitely would’ve been happier if the gore was toned down a bit at the end so it didn’t feel like it was being used as a shock factor.
However, despite the minimal downsides, Get Out was mind boggling and entertaining—a must see for lovers of not-so-serious horror films and psychological thrillers.