Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: Get Out

Movie: Get Out

I'm of slightly mixed feelings here! Get Out was definitely an important movie and I'm very glad that it got made and got attention and prompted discussion. It's very good. I'm not sure it's quite great; I'm pretty much okay with its nominations but it's not my first choice in any category. I think the discussion around this movie is starting to conflate "it has the most important message" with "it is the best movie"; these are two very different measures and I, personally, think that the message should be considered in award evaluation but that it shouldn't trump all else.

Let me also say that I am not a horror fan but I didn't find this particularly scary - and I was almost entirely unspoiled - so if you've been hesitating for that reason, you're probably okay.

Availability: It's back in some theaters, currently on HBO On Demand, and available for purchase.

Nominated In:
Best Picture: Hmm. I'm not mad that it was nominated, but I don't think it was quite at the level that deserves this award.

Actor in a Leading Role: Sure. Daniel Kaluuya did a really great job here, especially in how he portrayed his quiet growing alarm at what was happening around him.

Directing: Sure.

Writing (Original Screenplay): Hm, I guess. I thought the concept was more interesting than the writing itself, but I wouldn't be MAD if it won.

Catch up on all my Oscar Project posts.

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