Get Out (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jordan Peele|
|Written by||Jordan Peele|
|Music by||Michael Abels|
|Edited by||Gregory Plotkin|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$137.6 million|
Get Out is a 2017 American comedy horror film written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield and Catherine Keener, and follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents.
Get Out premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24 by Universal Pictures. The film received acclaim from critics and has grossed $137 million worldwide, against its $4.5 million budget.
A black man is abducted walking through a suburban neighborhood. Months later, black photographer Chris Washington and white girlfriend Rose Armitage prepare meet her parents, Dean and Missy. Rose says she has not told them that Chris is black, which worries Chris. Rose assures him everything will be fine.
Dean gives Chris a tour of the Armitage home, showing him pictures of Dean’s father, Roman, who lost to Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics. Dean describes how great it was that a black man won, proving Hitler wrong regarding which was the superior race, relaying that Roman never got over it. Dean admits it “looks bad” that they have black servants (Walter and Georgina), but tries to reassure Chris, saying Obama, “the greatest president of my lifetime,” should have served a third term.
Chris shares with Rose’s parents that his mother died in a hit-and-run when he was eleven. Missy, a psychiatrist, offers hypnosis to help Chris quit smoking. Chris declines. The family has dinner with Chris. Rose’s brother, Jeremy, insists on talking about Chris’s superior genetic makeup in relation to MMA fighting and attempts to headlock Chris.
That night, Walter runs directly at Chris before diverting his course. Chris finds Missy awake. Stirring a cup of tea, she hypnotizes Chris, who reveals his guilt for not calling 9-1-1 the night his mother died upon noticing her lateness. Unable to move, Chris’s consciousness enters what Missy calls “the sunken place”. When Chris wakes, he finds thoughts of smoking disgusting and realizes he was hypnotized.
At the Armitages’ annual get-together, various whites take an unusual interest in Chris and his physical capabilities. One says being black is in-style. Chris meets black guest Logan King, whose bizarre demeanor and familiarity unsettles him, and blind art dealer and failed photographer Jim Hudson, who complements Chris’s photography. With a huge smile on her face as she simultaneously cries, Georgina apologizes for unplugging Chris’s phone. Chris calls friend Rod Williams, whom he tells about his hypnosis and the unusual behavior of local blacks. Rod suggests the blacks were hypnotized as sex slaves.
Chris tries to stealthily photograph Logan. The flash causes Logan to freeze, suffer a nosebleed, and hysterically yell at Chris, “Get out!” Dean claims Logan had an epileptic seizure. Chris is unconvinced. Logan apologizes for his outburst and thanks Missy for helping him remember himself.
Chris and Rose go walking. He discloses his discomfort. They agree to leave. Meanwhile, Dean holds an auction for Chris. Hudson wins.
Chris sends Rod Logan’s picture. Rod recognizes Logan as Andre Hayworth, the man abducted in the suburbs. Alarmed, Chris tells Rose they must leave immediately. Packing, Chris finds a set of photographs showing Rose with various black people, including Walter and Georgina. He tries to leave. The family stops him. Rose admits her role in the deception. Missy hypnotizes Chris, preventing his escape.
This was a well thought out, very creative horror film. While not relying on gore, but building visceral tension, it still manages to have some very funny moments. Make no mistake, though, even though it was billed as a Horror/Comedy, it was a pretty scary ride. 4.5 stars and well worth the price of a ticket. – MR