Get Out just won Best Screenplay at the 2018 Oscars and I’m not sure why. I’m a big fan of movies. Mostly movies that make you think. I’m also a big fan of horror movies. Well, not a big fan, I’m sure there are bigger fans than me, but I do love a good horror movie. Although I enjoy the occasional blood and guts type movies, I’m more in the physiological horror movies such as Misery, American Psycho, Funny Games (1997 and 2007), Se7en, to name a few. And yes, I’ve seen all the ones I’ve mentioned.
LET ME THINK FOR A MINUTE, PLEASE
What I enjoy about psychological horror or thrillers are the games they play with your psyche (the human soul, mind or spirit). I’m not much into the visual horror. I like movies that provide symbols of horror. For instance, The Ring in which a girl would crawl out of TV set and you would end up dead. Water was involved as well due to the girl crawling out of a well then out of your TV. Look it up. For me, that movie had an impact on me. For about a week after seeking the movie, when I saw water I thought about the girl in well and how she looked and the whole seven days thing. Again, look it up.
IT’S HIP TO BE SQUARE
American Psycho produced another psychological symbol in the form of a song by Huey Lewis And The News called Hip To Be Square. Patrick Bateman played this song while he was killing Peter Allen. There was a dance Bateman did to the song on his way to the bathroom to put on a raincoat, grab an ax and then proceed to kill Allen. Although the scene is quite disturbing, it still funny. You would have to see the dance to get where I’m coming from. I downloaded the song and enjoy it, but have to laugh at though to Bateman dancing.
YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE MY FAMILY
Synopsis of the movie by Anonymous:
A young black man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when a fellow black man on the estate warns him to “get out”. He soon learns this is easier said than done. Synopsis by Anonymous
Chris (Daniel Kaluuyaand – Kick-Ass 2, Sicario) Rose (Allison Williams – Girls, Peter Pan) have been dating for four months. Rose wants to have him meet her family for it’s the weekend of their big get together with old friends. Chris and Rose arrive and the first thing Rose father, Dean (Bradley Whitford – West Wing, Adventures in Babysitting), says to Chris (who is black) is he would have voted for Obama for a third time if he had run. Oy vey. Rose’s family welcomes Chris in. However, it’s Chris’s encounter with the gardener and housekeeper that we sense something isn’t right, and so does Chris. It’s not long before Chris starts feeling uncomfortable and conveys his feelings to Rose who assures him everything is OK.
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
The Armitage (Rose’s parents) have large get together or old friends when things start to get weirder. As Chris is introduced to different people the underlying odd comments are made. One man (white) Chris meets used to be a golfer and tells Chris he loves Tiger Woods. The man makes a big deal about Tiger to where it was uncomfortable. It was like he was trying to show Chris that he’s OK with Chris being there, or any black person being there, but there weren’t any but a housekeeper and one odd guest.
Chris decides to go upstairs to call a friend of his. To get to the stairs he has to pass a number of people in the house talking among themselves. Once he is upstairs and out of their sight, they all stop talking and look in the direction that Chris went. They are this way for quite some time. Very odd.
Later, there’s a silent auction being held by Mr. Armitage. What the auction is I won’t tell.
ALL ROADS LEAD TO NOWHERE…OR DO THEY?
As I am watching this movie I’m trying to figure out what the deal is. I look for clues and clues to those clues, but nothing is adding up. The snide remarks from the guests didn’t provide any possible answers. The odd collective silence that took place when Chris went upstairs didn’t provide answers. The silent auction definitely didn’t provide answers. Nothing provided answers until Chris tried to leave.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Even when Chris tried to leave and it seems things were coming together, I became more lost in what could possibly be going on. I started wondering if this was an M. Knight Shyamalan like a plot twist in which everything we are seeing isn’t real. That the gardener and housekeeper are in on the twist. Then the secret was revealed…and I was still lost. It doesn’t take much for me to be confused and then stay confused.
I am not going to give anything away about the movie for I want you all to see it for my opinion of it may not line up with yours, but the ending was lame to me. I was liking the movie because it was the whole guessing game. And as mentioned I love psychological thrillers and I really thought this was going to be one of those. I thought this was going to be a movie to stay with me for years to comes as did Misery, American Pyscho, and the likes. I was hoping for a symbol to make an impression on me as did The Ring. But it wasn’t to be.
My friend had a good point, they don’t make horror flicks like they used to. Perhaps Jordan Peele doesn’t know how to make a good psychological thriller. I don’t think he does for he’s written mostly comedy material. I’m not sure why he thought he could write and direct a horror movie. I hope he doesn’t try his hand at it again.
There are great horror movies, good horror movies, and bad horror movies. Guess which category Get Out lands in? The bad horror movies. I’m glad I didn’t pay to watch this movie or I would have demanded my money back and more compensation for my time. Oh and more money for the pain and suffering I went through with that ending.
If you want to watch the movie, be my guest, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. If you’ve seen the movie and think I’m off my rocker, get in line.
This movie as aptly titled, because that what people should have done as soon as they sat down to watch the movie, including myself, is to GET OUT!
“Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcomed.” No truer words have been spoken. Not so much pertaining to this movie, but in life generally.
You can watch Get Out on HBO.
Title: Get Out (aka Corra!) Blumhouse Production, QC Entertainment Release date: 24 Feb 2017
Runtime: 104 minutes
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya (Kick-Ass 2, Sicario), Allison Williams (Girls), Bradley Whitford (West Wing, Adventures in Babysitting, Cabin In The Woods), and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips, Into The Wilde)
Written and Directed: Jordan Peele who should never ever write or direct another horror movie in his life.