“Get Out” – Jordan Peele’s debut film is not a comedy, despite what the Golden Globes would have you believe. It has a way of making your skin crawl, even if you are laughing. You might not even know why you’re laughing. Discomfort? Awkwardness? That is not to say that there aren’t real laughs to be had, but Peele isn’t concerned with them. They are the metaphorical spoon of sugar to help people more readily digest this thoughtful, complex narrative about race in America. The script wallows in racial tensions, and relishes in confronting the audience with them. Its commentary constantly shifts, winding toward its final message. Racism is alive and well in America today, hiding in plain sight and every bit as destructive as it has always been. Does that make you uncomfortable? It should. Peele uses the horror genre in the same way that Gene Roddenberry used “Star Trek” or Rod Serling used “The Twilight Zone,” to say something important that some people don’t want to hear in a way that might force them to hear it.
– Michael Olinger, Top 20 films of 2017, Jan. 21, 2018