A young black man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when a fellow black man on the estate warns him to "get out". He soon learns this is easier said than done.
I think it’s safe to say that the usual expectation of a psychological thriller involves outside the box thinking, disturbing themes, extreme subtlety and some sort of relation to a community or society. Get Out reaches these goals perfectly, if not exceeds them into what could one day be seen as a classic.
In this day and age, society has become much more loving and accepting of interracial connections and relationships as opposed to how it was decades ago, yet there are still so many racial conflicts occurring around the world which can influence uneasy tension between two or more parties. The film shows this in a satirical point of view, exaggerating the anti-racist attitudes of members in Rose’s family as perhaps a more fun way of opening our eyes to reflect on a more serious social matter.
All racial themes aside, the actual horror/thriller aspect has been superbly delivered. Loaded with jump scares, creepy characters and all-round peculiar moments, the biggest mysteries are slowly uncovered at a well-flowing pace to maintain some feeling of vulnerability and suspense. There are also many subtle clues and hints scattered around that foreshadow certain ideas and scenes which I hadn’t realised until after watching the whole film. While I still have a couple of unanswered questions about certain characters and their motives, the general layout and revealings of this story remind me of the suspense in movies such as Black Swan, Shutter Island and Split, all done in a way best suited to their idea.
For his first time as director, Jordan Peele has done a phenomenal job in putting together a film so strange and thought-provoking alongside his commonly comedic skills as a writer that lightened the tone for some scenes. Daniel Kaluuya has knocked his performance out the park as Chris Washington with the high potential to become even greater throughout his acting career as well as Allison Williams who also holds a brilliant performance in her supporting role as Rose Armitage. While I wasn’t very familiar with the main cast, I felt that they all did an exceptional job in bringing to life these unique and interesting characters, some more quirky or creepy than others.
Over the years, we’ve been blessed with so many great psychological thrillers that resonate with us in ways that are so beautifully disturbing. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is another shining example of these treats we call movies.
Releases: 4th May 2017
Duration: 104 minutes
Duration: 104 minutes
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener, Marcus Henderson, Keith Stanfield, Betty Gabriel, LilRel Howery
Director: Jordan Peele (feature debut)
Jordan Peele cited the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing-directing debut, because the film had an African American protagonist.
Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.
Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.
Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy. During a stand-up comedy show, Murphy talked about going to meet a Caucasian girlfriend's parents.
Missy, quite literally, controls her subjects with a silver spoon - synonymous with privilege.
Allison Williams' first feature film.
Production schedule was set for twenty-three days in Fairhope, Alabama.
Was filmed in 28 days
Slate reported that this movie was the "secret midnight screening" at the January 2017 Sundance Film Festival--even though "rumors had been circulating for days that the horror movie...was the festival's enticing TBA ["to be announced selection"], and Variety confirmed those rumors hours before the show."
This is the second time actors Keith Stanfield and Stephen Root worked together in a film centered on the theme of racism. The first film being Selma (2014).
Second collaboration between Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. They previously worked together in An American Crime (2007).