Get Out (2017)A review by Shlomoh Sherman
April 29, 2017
Get Out (2017)
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Plot Summary: A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.
Plot Keywords: hypnosis - loss of mother - black man - nightmare
Taglines: Just because you're invited, doesn't mean you're welcome.
Genres: Horror - Mystery
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
Release Date: February 24, 2017 (USA)
Filming Locations: Mobile, Alabama, USA, Fairhope, Alabama, USA
Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $33,377,060 (USA) (February 24, 2017)
Gross: $170,306,700 (USA) (April 21, 2017)
Production Co: Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment
Runtime: 104 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
MTV Movie Awards 2017:
Nominated: Movie of the Year, Best Actor in a Movie Daniel Kaluuya, Best Comedic Performance LilRel Howery, Next Generation Daniel Kaluuya, Best Duo LilRel Howery
and Daniel Kaluuya, Best Fight Against the System, Best Villain Allison Williams
Plot description from the Internet Movie Database: "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'."
In my long movie-going career, I have seen many strange movies. This one is strange with a capial S!
Ever since I watched the early trailer with my friend, Lorraine, I have been intrigued. The trailer lets you know something is wrong in the story but it doesn't tell you exactly what. It makes the movie appear as just another story about racial prejudice but racism is the least horrible thing about it although it's bad enough. By the way, Lorraine reminded me that the protagonist, Chris Washington, is played by Daniel Kaluuya, last seen by us in the BLACK MIRROR episode, 15 Million Merits.
After watching the mnovie, I can easily place director/writer Jordan Peele, in his movie debut, on the same level with Stephen King, M. Night Shyamalan, and even Dean Koontz, maybe especially Dean Koontz.
The movie opens with Chris and his white girlfriend, Rose, getting ready to spend the weekend with Rose's family in an exclusive, upper class suburb. Chris asks Rose if she has told her parents that he is black. When she says that she hasn't, Chris becomes understandably uneasy. He points out that her family is not only white, but as professionals, they are in the privileged upper class, and he wonders why she hasn't prepared them for what might turn into a very uncomfortable situation for all concerned.
Rose assures him that her family has not the slightest shred of racial bias, and, as a matter of fact, her father has often expressed that had Obama run for a thrid term, he would have voted for him. This sentiment is later repeated to Chris by her father. In fact, many references are made about blacks to Chris reminiscent of a bit Lenny Bruce made famous, called How To Relax Your Negro Friends When You re At A Party. Obviously you do this by saying how great Joe Louis, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr, Hattie McDaniels, and Jessie Owens[etc] were. Later in the story, Rose's father actually tells Chris that his own father personally knew Jessie Owens and was with him at the 1936 Olympics.
It turns out that this young black man who is coming to dinner is not quite as fortunate as the character played by Sidney Poitier in the 1967 film GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER. Sidney was never in danger in the San Francisco home of his white girlfriend's parents.
During the weekend, a host of Rose's parents' friends drop by in what they call an annual get-togther.
While at their home, Chris notices that the Armitages, Rose's family, have black servants who act rather oddly. They are polite but there is an undercurrent of something not right, something nasty and mocking about their behavior. This is also true about one of the black guests at the get-together, Andrew Logan King, who Chris is sure he has met before sometime in his life. During the afternoon party, something occurs that draws King out of his eerie daze, and he yells at Chris, "Get Out! Get Out!" The other guests manage to calm King down and his personality returns to that of the docile guest, afterwhich he apologizes to Chris for his bad behavior.
Chris becomes increasingly uncomfortable even though everyone whom he meets treats him politely and respectfully. He begins to realize that something here is definitely wrong. He phones his friend, Rod, a law officer with the Transportation Security Administration, and describes what he has been experiencing since he arrived at the Armitage home. Rod immediately has a strong sense that Chris is in danger and tells him to follow King's advice and get out as quickly as possible.
With Rod's admonition, Chris' anxiety is reenforced and he lets Rose know that he wants to leave immediately. When she asks him what the problem is, he tells her that they have to hurry and he will explain once they are in her car and on their way.
This is where the real horror of the movie begins. Chris learns that leaving is not as easy as he hoped it would be, and he winds up literally fightling for his life.
To reveal more of the story would be a spolier and this movie is too good for me to spoil. Let me just say that if you are a fan of the horror genre, I highly recommend that you see this movie. If horror is not your thing, this is still a terrific movie for you. It is more of a thriller movie with a horror theme embedded.
This film received a 99% aproval rating from ROTTEN TOMATOES [https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/get_out]. It lists the genre as Comedy, Horror, Mystery & Suspense but I saw nothing comical about it. Yes, there are moments of comic relief, especially in the scenes with LilRel Howery who plays Rod, but to call one of its genres comedy is rather much. It's no laughing matter when you are on the edge of your seat hoping that Chris will make it out in one piece.
Manohla Dargis in the The NYTimes review called GET OUT "An exhilaratingly smart and scary freak out about a black man in a white nightmare."
In other words, most every review I have seen is very positive.
KUDOS to Jordan Peele [writer and director credits] for his debut cinema winner.
Needless to say that my initial positive impression from the movie trailer was not wrong.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Chris Washington
Allison Williams ... Rose Armitage
Catherine Keener ... Missy Armitage
Bradley Whitford ... Dean Armitage
Caleb Landry Jones ... Jeremy Armitage
Marcus Henderson ... Walter
Betty Gabriel ... Georgina
Lakeith Stanfield ... Andrew Logan King
Stephen Root ... Jim Hudson
LilRel Howery ... Rod Williams
Ashley LeConte Campbell ... Lisa Deets
John Wilmot ... Gordon Greene
Caren L. Larkey ... Emily Greene
Julie Ann Doan ... April Dray
Rutherford Cravens ... Parker Dray
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