Get Out (film)
Get Out is a 2017 American horror film written 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. The film follows a young interracial couple who visit the woman's parents, uncovering a conspiracy whereby young black adults are being captured. It was produced by Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Peele.
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||$254.1 million|
Get Out premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24, 2017, by Universal Pictures. The film was acclaimed by critics and grossed $254 million worldwide against its $4.5 million budget.
Photographer Chris Washington reluctantly agrees to meet the parents of his white girlfriend Rose Armitage, unsure of a warm reception. During their drive towards the family's isolated countryside estate, they hit a deer and stop the car. After calling the police to report the incident, a white policeman seemingly profiles Chris. Rose intervenes and the encounter goes unrecorded.
Chris meets Rose's parents, neurosurgeon Dean and psychiatrist/hypnotherapist Missy. Everyone tries to make Chris feel welcome — blunderingly. The unstable black housekeeper Georgina disturbs Chris and sabotages his phone charger. That night, after a bizarre run-in outside with groundskeeper Walter, Missy catches Chris returning and offers therapy on the pretext of treating his cigarette use, having condemned that before. Chris humors her. His own mother's automobile death dominates the session. Missy furtively hypnotizes Chris; he feels himself fall through the chair, paralyzed in a void she calls "the sunken place". Chris awakens the next morning believing he had a nightmare, but later realizes that Missy has hypnotized him to quit smoking.
Dozens arrive for the Armitages' annual get-together, which Rose failed to warn Chris he would endure. Chris meets Logan, an unsettlingly familiar black man dating a much older white woman. Various older white couples take an uncanny interest in Chris and make uncomfortable remarks, such as one claiming to "love Tiger Woods", or that "black is in fashion", or adulating black figures. Chris telephones his best friend, black TSA Officer Rod Williams, about their unusual behavior and his hypnosis. He stealthily photographs Logan, but the phone flash causes Logan to enter a hysterical state with younger mannerisms, rushing Chris with a nosebleed and desperately yelling "get out". Dean claims Logan suffered an epileptic seizure. Skeptical, Chris takes Rose on a walk, and out of growing suspicion persuades her to end their stay. Meanwhile, Dean holds a mysterious auction elsewhere, with a picture of Chris on display.
While packing to leave, Chris sends Logan's photo to Rod, who recognizes him as past acquaintance and missing person "Andre". Chris also finds photos of Rose in prior relationships with men and women, including Walter and Georgina, despite her claim that Chris was her first black boyfriend. Alarmed, Chris demands the car keys, but Rose and the whole family block him. Chris fights but is incapacitated by Missy's hypnosis. Faced with a large conspiracy but not fully grasping it, Rod goes to the police but is derided.
Strapped to a chair, Chris is presented with Rose's grandfather (Richard Herd) on video, another neurosurgeon who announces the family has perfected a method of pseudo-immortality: Dean transplants brains of his invariably white older friends, members of secret society, into bodies of younger black people, selected by Rose and hypnotically prepped by Missy. A slice of each victims' brain remains undiscarded, doomed to their "sunken place" as the host controls them. Jim Hudson, a blind art dealer, wants Chris's body so he can regain sight. When asked "why black people?", Jim shruggingly answers that everybody has their own reasons, facets of blackness they've encountered in life that they'd gladly appropriate. Chris plugs his ears with wads of stuffing pulled from the chair, blocking the hypnotic commands that render him unconscious. When Rose's brother Jeremy comes to collect him for the surgery, Chris escapes, killing Jeremy, Dean, and Missy.
While driving away, Chris hits Georgina. Guilt over his mother's death forces him to take the unconscious woman with him, but Georgina (whose body Rose's grandmother stole, as the grandfather stole Walter's) soon attacks him causing a crash, and dies. Rose and "Walter" catch up, but Chris uses his phone's flash to free the real Walter, as with Logan earlier. Walter sneakily turns Rose's rifle on her and shoots her in the gut and then shoots himself in the head, killing himself and Rose's grandfather. Chris strangles Rose, but cannot bring himself to kill her as a police car pulls up. Rose cries out for help, hoping that Chris will be seen as the attacker, but the driver is Rod in a TSA vehicle. He and Chris drive away as Rose succumbs to her gunshot wound.
- Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington
- Allison Williams as Rose Armitage
- Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage
- Bradley Whitford as Dean Armitage
- Caleb Landry Jones as Jeremy Armitage
- Marcus Henderson as Walter
- Betty Gabriel as Georgina
- Lakeith Stanfield as Andre Hayworth / Logan
- Stephen Root as Jim Hudson
- Lil Rel Howery as Rod Williams
- Erika Alexander as Detective Latoya
- Geraldine Singer as Philomena King
- Zailand Adams as 11-year-old Chris
The film is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, and marks a genre shift for him, as he has traditionally worked in comedy, although he has stated that he had been wanting to make a horror film for a while. He stated that the genres were similar in that "so much of it is pacing, so much of it reveals", noting that he considers that comedy gave him "something of a training" for the film. The Stepford Wives (1975) provided inspiration for Peele, who said "it's a horror movie but has a satirical premise." As the film deals with racism, Peele has stated that the story is "very personal", although he noted that "it quickly veers off from anything autobiographical."
Principal photography on the film began on February 16, 2016. It was filmed in Fairhope, Alabama for three weeks, followed by shooting at Barton Academy and in the Ashland Place Historic District in midtown Mobile, Alabama.
Prior to the release of the film Peele was worried about its chances of success, telling Los Angeles Times, "I thought, 'What if white people don't want to come see the movie because they're afraid of being villain-ized with black people in the crowd? What if black people don't want to see the movie because they don't want to sit next to a white person while a black person is being victimized on-screen?'" However, Peele noted that much of his fear was due to "the darkness of my imagination."
Peele originally intended for the film to end with Chris being arrested by police for the murder of Rose and her family, with the scene reflecting the realities of racism. The filmed alternate ending available on the Blu-ray sees Chris choking Rose to death (while in the theatrical release ending he is not able to go through with killing her), and being arrested. It ends with Rod meeting him in jail. Rod asks Chris for information regarding the Armitage family for further investigation, but Chris insists that everything is fine, responding, "I stopped it", before he is taken back to his cell. However, by the time production had begun, several high-profile police shootings of black people had, in Peele's words, made the situation surrounding racism "more woke", and he decided the film needed a happy ending for its lead.
Peele has also stated that before settling on the final, theatrical ending, he worked with several other possible endings, some of which are included on the DVD and Blu-ray release. He described one as, "Rod comes to break into the gated community, finds his way in. He's looking for Chris and he sees Chris looking in a window on Main Street, and he goes 'Chris!' and Chris turns to him and goes, 'I assure you, I don't know who you're talking about.'"
Michael Abels composed the film's score, for which Peele wanted to have "distinctly black voices and black musical references." This proved to be a challenge, as Peele found that African American music typically has what he termed "at the very least, a glimmer of hope to it." At the same time, Peele also wanted to avoid having a voodoo motif. The final score features Swahili voices, as well as a blues influence. The Childish Gambino song "Redbone" appears at the movie's beginning. Other songs include "Run Rabbit Run" by Flanagan and Allen and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
Get Out has been seen by some commentators as a satire on the dynamics of so-called "West Wing liberals", who consider themselves to be allies to movements against racism, yet do more harm than good. An article from The Guardian states: "The thing Get Out does so well – and the thing that will rankle with some viewers – is to show how, however unintentionally, these same people can make life so hard and uncomfortable for black people. It exposes a liberal ignorance and hubris that has been allowed to fester. It's an attitude, an arrogance which in the film leads to a horrific final solution, but in reality leads to a complacency that is just as dangerous". Peele said about the film, "The real thing at hand here is slavery... Not to bring down the room, guys. It's some dark shit."
The plot of the film also depicts the real-life crisis of black Americans who, when they go missing, arguably do not receive the same attention from media and law enforcement that missing white females do, which Slate's Damon Young stated makes the film's premise "depressingly plausible." Young writes, "Although black people only comprise 13 percent of America's population, we're 34 percent of America's missing—a reality that exists as the result of a mélange of racial and socioeconomic factors rendering black lives demonstratively less valuable than the lives [of] our white counterparts."
Get Out grossed $175.5 million in the United States and Canada and $78.7 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $254.1 million, against a production budget of $4.5 million.
In North America, Get Out was released on February 24, 2017, alongside Collide and Rock Dog, and was expected to gross $20–25 million from 2,773 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $1.8 million from Thursday night previews and $10.8 million on its first day. It went on to open to $33.4 million, finishing first at the box office. Thirty-eight percent of the film's opening-weekend audience was African American, while 35% was white, with Georgia being its most profitable market. In its second weekend, the film finished in second at the box office behind new release Logan ($88.4 million), grossing $28.3 million, for a drop of 15.4%. This was above average for horror films, which tend to drop at least 60% in their second weekend. In its third weekend, the film grossed $21.1 million, dropping just 25% from its previous week, and finished third at the box office behind newcomer Kong: Skull Island and Logan.
In March 2017, three weeks after its release, Get Out crossed the $100 million mark domestically, making Peele the first black writer-director to do so with his debut movie. On April 8, 2017, the film became the highest-grossing film domestically directed by a black filmmaker, beating out F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $162.8 million domestically in 2015. Gray reclaimed the record two weeks later when The Fate of the Furious grossed $173.3 million on its fourteenth day of release on April 27. Domestically, Get Out is also the highest-grossing debut film based on an original screenplay in Hollywood history, beating the two-decade-long record of 1999's The Blair Witch Project ($140.5 million). By the end of March the Los Angeles Times had declared the film's success a "cultural phenomenon" noting that in addition to its box office success reporting: "Moviegoers have shared countless 'sunken place' Internet memes and other Get Out-inspired fan art across social media." Josh Rottenberg, the editor of the piece, attributed the success to the fact that it was released "at one of the most politically charged moments in memory."
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 99% based on 291 reviews, and an average rating of 8.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride." It is one of ten films to earn a 99% (six other films) or 100% (three films) rating with 100 or more reviews (it held a 100% approval rating after the first 139 reviews on the site were registered). On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has an average weighted score of 84 out of 100, based on 48 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
Richard Roeper gave the film 3½ stars, saying, "[T]he real star of the film is writer-director Jordan Peele, who has created a work that addresses the myriad levels of racism, pays homage to some great horror films, carves out its own creative path, has a distinctive visual style—and is flat-out funny as well." Keith Phipps of Uproxx praised the cast and Peele's direction, saying "he brings the technical skill of a practiced horror master is more of a surprise. The final thrill of Get Out—beyond the slow-building sense of danger, the unsettling atmosphere, and the twisty revelation of what's really going on—is that Peele's just getting started." Mike Rougeau of IGN gave the film 9/10, and wrote: "Get Out's whole journey, through every tense conversation, A-plus punchline and shocking act of violence, feels totally earned. And the conclusion is worth each uncomfortable chuckle and moment of doubt." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone rated Get Out a 3.5/4, and called it: "[A] jolt-a-minute horrorshow laced with racial tension and stinging satirical wit." Scott Mendelson of Forbes said the film captures the current zeitgeist and called it a "modern American horror classic."
Film critic Armond White of National Review gave a negative review of the film, referring to the film as a "Get-Whitey movie" and stating that it "[reduces] racial politics to trite horror-comedy, it’s an Obama movie for Tarantino fans."
Awards and nominationsEdit
|List of awards and nominations|
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|MTV Movie & TV Awards||May 7, 2017||Movie of the Year||Jordan Peele||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Movie||Daniel Kaluuya|
|Best Comedic Performance||Lil Rel Howery||Won|
|Best Villain||Allison Williams||Nominated|
|Next Generation||Daniel Kaluuya||Won|
|Best Duo||Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery||Nominated|
|Best Fight Against the System||Get Out|
|Golden Trailer Awards||June 6, 2017||Best Horror|||
|Best Horror TV Spot|
|Best Thriller TV Spot|
|Best International Poster||Won|
|Most Original Poster||Nominated|
|BET Awards||June 25, 2017||Best Movie|||
|International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)||July 29, 2017||Best Original Score||Won|||
|Best Film Editing||Nominated|
|Best Acting Ensemble|
|Best Original Screenplay|
|Best Actor||Daniel Kaluuya|
|Best Director||Jordan Peele|
|Best Picture||Get Out|
|World Soundtrack Awards||October 18, 2017||Discovery of the Year||Michael Abels|||
|Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA)||November 16, 2017||Outstanding Editing - Feature Film||Gregory Plotkin|||
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||Best Original Score – Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film||Michael Abels|||
|Gotham Awards||November 27, 2017||Best Feature||Get Out||Pending|||
|Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award||Jordan Peele|
|Best Actor||Daniel Kaluuya|
|British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)||December 10, 2017||Best International Independent Film||Get Out|||
|NAACP Image Awards||January 15, 2018||Outstanding Motion Picture|||
|Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Daniel Kaluuya|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Lil Rel Howery|
|Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture||Jordan Peele|
|Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture|
|Independent Spirit Awards||March 3, 2018||Best Feature||Get Out|||
|Best Director||Jordan Peele|
|Best Male Lead||Daniel Kaluuya|
|Best Screenplay||Jordan Peele|
|Best Editing||Gregory Plotkin|
Jordan Peele has discussed ideas for a Get Out sequel.
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