Get Out (2017)

1h 44m / R / Thriller

There is a particular needle that must be threaded here. Of course you need to know enough about Get Out, our pick for the best horror movie that came out in 2017, to want to see it. At the same time, how much you will enjoy Get Out is directly related to how little you know about it — and how much you leave the movie being forced to examine your own expectations. Well, nobody ever said marketing was easy.

Get Out deeply understands what makes genre movies work: you can tell much more powerful stories about the real world by setting them in unreal circumstances. The truth is cast in relief by telling lies. A straight story about a boyfriend meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time will never make the viewer really feel the fear they should. They never forget they’re just sitting in a movie seat. But if you link that stomach-turning relationship anxiety to something else, to the fear of being captured, controlled, manipulated, devoured, enslaved … you can tell the real story. Get Out uses that emotional resonance on every level, speaks to many different audiences. It might be genius.

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