Magazine article Variety

'Get Out' Script Merits High Marks

Magazine article Variety

'Get Out' Script Merits High Marks

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ANY FILM IN WHICH a black man must flee his white girlfriend's family for dear life has no business being as layered, poignant, serious, and resonant as "Get Out." It has no business transcending its supposed genre to become a cultural milestone. Actually, this film has no business existing at all. (More on that later.)

Jordan Peele's cinematic feat begins and ends with a marvelous script that, like the best poetry, wastes no words or images and pays off prodigiously. This auteur's words, camera, cast and cutting create an experience so unified that the viewer remains in the film well after it ends.

Heaps of praise get thrown upon heaps of movies, but "Get Out" is possibly the most striking debut since Godard's "Breathless." Name another bow as original, subversive and successful in its ambitions.

Like "Breathless," it makes one wonder how in the world something like this came to be - this seamless and compelling marriage of art and social commentary, a mirror and a prism borne from an alert man's years of thought and observation. …

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