Review: Get Out

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The social commentary this film provides is of course its most impactful element; a seemingly honest representation of both indoctrination and suppression, the concept of the survival of the fittest being layered upon racial politics and utility. It’s an enticing but uncomfortable journey, one that benefits from an excellent lead performance and Jordan Peele balancing the white family stereotype just right. It never comes across as preaching or oppositional to a supposed norm, but more informing and revealing. However, ultimately, while Peele’s direction has some beautiful subtleties and production value, the end result feels incomplete and lacking. ‘Get Out’ and most specifically its third act requires some suspension of disbelief that felt out of touch with the film’s realistic themes. While the tone was continually surreal, making the finale so dependent on what may be argued a fantasy element that is never really explored, seemed odd and disconnecting. It was almost like Peele needed a ‘cooky, classic white person’ way of selling the idea, which paired with comedy that disrupted the intensity, made the eventual impression less concerning or necessary. The film taps into some stellar pop culture feelings and perspectives, but never really sustains the purpose. 3.5/5

 

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