Get Out has a number of “jump back in your seat” moments which is always a good thing in a horror movie. It also has humour, both laugh out loud bits, and some sly, embarrassing, observational moments. These carry you along nicely to the next scary part.
The acting is good, Bradley Whitford is excellent as a white liberal intellectual, explaining his guilt away. Catherine Keener is creepy as the psychologist mother. Daniel Kaluuya is good at noticing the slights but not taking offence, a fine line to tread.
I really liked Jordan Peele’s manner of dealing with incidental, institutional racism in this film. It is there throughout the movie, and it isn’t ignored, but it is supposedly not the main storyline. The front story is a brainwashing, Stepford, comedy/horror thing. He shows great promise in his first film, with his light touch on an awkward subject. Interestingly, he has just become the first black debut director to have his film gross over $100 million.
There is some gore, enough to make you feel some disgust, but not enough to want to hide behind your cinema seat.
The ending is interesting too, it is always nice to have a finish that is unexpected, and this finale suited the movie much better.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this film, a great mixture of comedy, horror and social comment.