by Alan Yudman

It only took me 10 months, but I finally am joining the GET OUT is a great movie party. Save me a spot on the bandwagon. Maybe I can just sit on someone’s lap.

Jordan Peele did something that I didn’t think was possible. He made me care about a psychological thriller. That is not my favorite genre. The tension sometimes feels overwhelming. Waiting for the next “BOO” consistently ruins my enjoyment. But, somehow Peele overcame that for me. Maybe it was how he tempered the scares with humor. Maybe because right off the bat, I saw the message he was trying to send about the way Black people see slightly too friendly white folks. Maybe it was the not so subtle slavery references. Whatever tricks he pulled out of his bag, they worked on me.

The performances by all the actors are top notch. But Daniel Kaluuya, LilRel Howery, Allison Williams and Lakeith Stanfield stood out for me. Kaluuya was the eyes and ears of the audience.. finding out what the family was up too as we were, then fighting to destroy the evil. That’s what a hero does. Stanfield and Howery’s small but important roles hit the notes perfectly. Williams sold the outrage initially, which then made her turn all the more shocking.

I heard about an alternate ending in which Kaluuya’s Chris is arrested after the bloody ending at the house. I’m glad Peele decided not to go with that. After watching his triumphant defeat of what are basically slave traders, seeing Chris once again become subject to White society would have been disappointing. The ending as is, is triumphant and satisfying. It was exactly what the audience needed to complete the story.

It took me 10 months to finally sit down and watch this movie that everyone has been talking about. I’m sorry it took me so long, but I’m glad I finally did. Peele’s future is bright and GET OUT is one of the best movies of the year.

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