According to a report by Huffington Post, the upcoming race-centered psychological thriller film Get Out has received the extremely rare honor of "100% Certified Fresh" from the popular film critic website Rotten Tomatoes.
The rating is based on positive reviews from over ninety different film critics, which earns it the 100% moniker. To put that into perspective, only four films from 2016, Things to Come (L'avenir), Tower, Only Yesterday, and O.J.: Made in America, were able to achieve the same accolade. To take it one step further, only two of Rotten Tomatoes' list of the Top 100 Horror Films managed to earn 100% positive reviews from the site.
According to the film's creator, comedian and impressionist Jordan Peele, Get Out is best described as a "social thriller" which seamlessly blends social critiques into a well-done horror/comedy film. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as a young black photographer who visits his white girlfriend's family in a rural U.S. town. Upon arrival, however, things get weird, as disturbing racial relations in the community become more apparent.
Peele told USA Today that his debut film was initially intended to be about "the fears of being an outsider." However, due to recent circumstances in the world, he decided the film should focus on the topic of race. “It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something,” Peele said. Critics seem to agree. As Manohla Dargis, film critic for The New York Times, put it, "Part of what makes Get Out both exciting and genuinely unsettling is how real life keeps asserting itself, scene after scene."
Although the film is being received positively, Peele was very much aware of the potential difficulties of such a concept while working on Get Out. In an interview with IGN, he stated, “I knew that the only way to make this movie work, besides getting the tone right, was that the plot would have to reveal the judgments and the presumptions we would have about the movie are in fact our presumptions.” If the elusive "100% Fresh" is anything to go by, Peele and his team hit a home run.
Not every critique site offered the same praises for the film, however. IMDb gave the film a Metascore of 77, though that score is weighted by the fame of each critic and is still relatively high. The premiere of Get Out at the 2017 Sundance film festival was also very well received.
If you're looking for political correctness or a film that shies away from the deep-rooted racial tensions in America, then Get Out isn't for you. But, for those who want in on the action, the film is set to hit U.S. theaters on Friday, May 25. Until then, feel free to check out the trailer below.