Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #45 – Get Out (2017)


RELEASED: 17th March 2017

DIRECTOR: Jordan Peele

CAST: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lakeith Stanfield, Erika Alexander and Stephen Root

BUDGET: $4.5m

BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $255.4m

AWARDS: 1 Academy Award (Best Original Screenplay)

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

 

Get Out focuses on the story of black photographer Chris Washington and his white girlfriend Rose Armitage taking a weekend trip to meet with Rose’s parents. During their stay, Chris is disturbed by the strange behaviours of the Armitage’s, their guests and especially the behaviours of the black groundskeeper and housekeeper.

 

Get Out is a horror film that was released in 2017 and marked the directorial feature debut from Jordan Peele that would go on to earn him an Academy Award the following year for Best Original Screenplay. We follow Chris Washington heading off to Upstate New York with his girlfriend Rose, Rose Armitage, to visit her family for the weekend. During their stay, Chris starts noticing that the Armitage family, their guests and in particular their black housekeeper and groundskeeper have been behaving rather strangely. Get Out is very effective on creating the ongoing tension as we the viewer know that Chris is in danger, the problem is we just don’t know exactly what they are going to do to him and it’s that unknown factor that they use so effectively here.  The political satire take on middle-class America adds an effective element to the storytelling of the film, particularly in how much Rose’s parents and family guests try to point out to Chris just how totally fine they are with him, from someone claiming to know Tiger Woods and Rose telling Chris that her father would’ve voted for Obama for a third term, which he eventually does tell Chris upon his stay. It’s in one moment when Chris goes upstairs during the family event that everyone pauses and you realise that something sinister is going on beneath the surface….and everyone’s in on it. It’s not only a well written screenplay by Jordan Peele, but his direction is very calculated too, with certain things happening that you might not notice at first, but on repeated viewings (or reading ‘things you missed’ articles online) you will pick up on it. The cinematography from Toby Oliver is really good here, particularly in the Sunken Place sequences, and the score from Michael Abels is also very effective here too. Daniel Kaluuya is great in the lead role as Chris Washington, his facial expressions in scenes when he feels like something is off is what makes his performance more special. Allison Williams is also terrific as Rose Armitage, the rest of the Armitage family (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Caleb Landry Jones) also give good performances too. For me, I still thoroughly enjoy Lil Rel Howery’s performance as Chris’s best friend Rod Williams, acting as the audience here and providing the comedic relief.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: With Chris finding it difficult to fall asleep, Missy pressures him into a hypnotherapy session and as we learn a personal piece of information about Chris, we get the first glimpse into the void known as the Sunken Place.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “By the way, I would have voted for Obama for a third term, if I could.” – Dean Armitage

DID YOU KNOW: Daniel Kaluuya was given the lead role on the spot after nailing his audition. Writer, co-producer, and director Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.

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