Recxpectations: Get Out
So, for my own reaction to the film, I highly recommend "Get Out" and I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up on my Top 10 list of favorite movies of the year. Great acting. Great premise. I hate to overhype films but I really enjoyed this one. It's not going to win any Oscars but it's an entertaining night at the movies.
Trailer Warning: Don't watch the trailer. As is the fashion nowadays, it gives away the whole film. For the premise: A black man visits his white girlfriend's family. As the weekend progresses, what initially seemed like a white family's awkwardness of handling an interracial relationship appears to be hiding something deeper and more dangerous.
That being said, onto the Recommended Expectations.
DON'T EXPECT: A straight genre film. Someone sitting behind me groused that it wasn't a comedy and he's right. While there are a number of funny moments (Lil Rel Howery almost steals the entire film), this isn't a Key & Peele sketch. It's not a Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright film like Shaun of the Dead or The World's End, which are comedic versions of genre films. "Get Out" is more of a psychological drama/thriller with some laughs. Similarly, it's not a straight horror film per se either. It's creepier more than scary. There's no gore (which many expect from the genre.) It's closer to The Stepford Wives, Arlington Road, or The Vanishing than the usual Blumhouse fare
EXPECT: Get Out feels like a classic episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. The acting is great. The mix of creepiness and comedy is IMO perfect. The pacing is solid as the film clocks in at around an hour and forty-five minutes.