movie review

Get Out – Movie Review

Get Out is a movie about obsession. It is an obsession with “the other” and particularly white obsession with the black experience. Peele’s thesis is that white people secretly want to be black, or want to at least try it and this premise plays out in a fascinating way. It’s a brilliant insight into the vague nature of racism.

We’re presented with an interracial couple of about five months who are on a road trip home so that the black boyfriend can meet the parents of the white girlfriend. It kind of plays out the way one would expect. The boyfriend is met with racism during the roadtrip home, over eager parents trying to prove that race isn’t at all an issue to them, and friends of the family attempting to make polite conversation but coming off as ignorant.  The girlfriend is perennially supportive and we see them as two heroes against an oblivious, unenlightened world.

Next is a series of events where we, as viewers, get an intriguing look at an instinct gone awry.  Whether it’s bias, resentment or obsession, there is an inescapable desire to transcend oneself and live as what one fears. Whether it is to understand it or to destroy it, or make love to it. It’s the obsession, the focal point that makes one insane and desire escape into dominance. It is a desire to make submissive, to own, to objectify.  We meet people in this film who have been put face to face with their own demise, their own slavery. Or we see oppressors fighting to save their own at whatever cost, even if it means enslaving another human to do so.

The acting from beginning to end is utterly stunning. It is perfectly cast with performances which are disturbing to the core and frighteningly real.

The movie is incredible and Peele’s movie is virtuosic.  I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Everybody Wants Some!! – Movie Review

 

“It’s about timelessness; the timelessness of fun and youth and simply, the beauty of the moment.”  

Everybody Wants Some!! – Richard Linklater – Review

I thought this movie was fantastic.  It’s a true Linklater film through and through. The storytelling is done organically, blending prodigious dialogue, charismatic acting, diversity of characters, beautifully shot scenes and a deeply fun sentiment towards the topic of the movie.

Each character feels immediately unique and individual and the interactions are a firestorm of real life clashes of personalities.  No one really “fits in”, no one is docile, they are all inescapably themselves and it’s so much fun to watch.

The lack of political or moral bias is appreciated. Linklater imposes no agenda from our time, nor does he try to point out any flaws particular to the era.  It’s about timelessness; the timelessness of fun and youth and simply, the beauty of the moment.

The dialogue is rich with character.  We get everything from the philosophical to the simple, the awkward to the mendacious, flirtation and lust.  It’s deeply charismatic and devoid of nihilistic cynicism.

The actors are all charming.  It was well cast from lead to character role, a giant ensemble cast.  Each character sparkled in the texture, making it richer and more durable.  I missed so many nuances on the first watch because the film is so dense with these highly individual characters.  Every performer was outstanding at their job and the interaction they brought on film was truly stunning. It was so natural, so organic, so fun, so exciting, so visceral. It’s rare to see a movie play out that way and am hard pressed to find the style so well used from any other director.

The love story at the end also pulled no punches in a unique way. It betrayed an incredible mindset. It was a crystal clear philosophical statement about passion. It makes no romantic intensification or glorification of it.  They simply speak of the burden of passion, how it is synonymous with the Sisyphus parable.  It does not edify, it simply stands on its own two feet.

The movie is a masterpiece and I can’t wait to rewatch it!!  I give it 5/5 stars, unquestionably.