By Jay Hunter – Living up to a 100% Rotten Tomatoes metre is a near impossible task – such was the hype surrounding Get Out upon it’s US release. Now ahead of it’s UK release this coming weekend, Get Out has levelled out at an extremely respectable 89% on the tomato metre, a score it certainly deserves.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Whilst Get Out is not your Dad’s 80s slasher, it has undoubtedly appeased the masses without adhering to the genres gratuitous tropes of sex, blood and gore. Instead first time director, Jordan Peele trades in the straight forward shocks for emancipated, topical points about the modern day west. It’s an impressive feat from the first timer who also manages to interject humour and drama, without being afraid to shock it’s audience or ask them tough questions.
Unfortunately, the movie mishandles it’s final third with a schlock of self-indulgence. Fortunately, Get Out‘s seamless weave 0f acerbic social critiques and entertaining horror produce the first must see horror of the year.