The Oscar Project
A film you like from your least favorite genre
Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time probably already knows that I am not a huge fan of horror films. I should probably amend that to not being a fan of slasher horror, the blood and guts kind that is out there just to spray the camera with as much fake blood as possible. Psychological horror films are some that I have grown to enjoy over the past several years, and my absolute favorite in this arena is Get Out.
I watched this as part of my journey to watch all the Oscar nominated films a few years back. I was initially apprehensive about it but was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt after all the positive buzz I heard from pundits and reviewers at the time. As is normally the case with anything above a PG rating in my house, I waited until after everyone was sounds asleep in bed and it was plenty dark to put on Get Out and remember sitting on the edge of my seat through most of the film.
I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen the film, but just as Daniel Kaluuya’s character Chris can’t take his eyes off things later in the film, I couldn’t pull myself away from his predicament as the film progressed. Once I figured out what was going on, I felt paralyzed to do anything to stop the action, flailing along as an innocent bystander but just as invested in “getting out” as the characters in the film.
One of my favorite parts of this film was the casting and how many of the roles are populated by people I associated with comedies. When I think of Catherine Keener, my mind immediately goes to The 40-Year-Old Virgin and while Bradley Whitford is probably best known for his role on The West Wing, I first knew him as the weasily Eric Gordon in Billy Madison. Another small role goes to Stephen Root, who I first think of as the bumbling Gordon Pibb in DodgeBall. All these actors are playing against type in this film and it is awesome to see.
If you haven’t seen Get Out, you need to “get out” there and see it right now. Don’t worry if you’re not a big horror fan, this one is not your typical slasher and I don’t think there’s really any blood to speak of. There is plenty to terrify you though which is the whole point.
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