When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.
What We Thought:
Get Out was a pretty big monster at the box office earlier in 2017. I saw it at the theater and enjoyed it and it’s currently in my top 5 for the year. With the film, Jordan Peele accomplished two things. One, he can do more than comedy although there are laugh out loud moments in the film. Two, you can make a movie with social commentary without hitting people over the head with it AND entertain an audience at the same time.
Watching it a second time on home video the film still holds up pretty well. Obviously I knew the big twist, but the movie was still entertaining. The film takes a Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner premise and adds a The Cabin in the Woods twist. An African-American man is meeting the family of his white girlfriend for the first time. They have a nice house in the middle of nowhere, the father is in medicine, the mother a shrink. Very upper class and liberal. But as the film continues, not everything seems to be on the up and up.
Chris, the African-American boyfriend, starts feeling out-of-place. The “help” at the house are also black, but they seem off. The father (the genius that is Bradley Whitford) apologizes for having black help and tells Chris he would have voted for Obama for a third term. The mother (the genius that is Catherine Keener) wants to use hypnosis to help Chris stop smoking. He thinks she does a lot more to him in the process. A big get together seems to confirm his fears.
What Peele does best is use the tropes you expect from horror and urban films. I’m a horror fan and clearly Peele seems to be as well. We all know that just because you think you killed someone doesn’t mean they can’t come back and attack you later. And if someone seems like a good guy, he might be one of the worst people around.
Plus there is the sidekick, loud mouth friend character Rod who steals the film. He warns his friend about going to the white family’s house and when he explains to the police that his friend is missing and what he thinks happened, it might be the funniest scene in the film. He’s not as over the top as a Chris Tucker character, but I want a spin-off of his TSA agent character immediately.
The Blu-ray has some fantastic bonus features with many commentaries. Peele overloads this package with commentary on the film, the alternate ending, deleted scenes and more.
For his first time going out of the box, Jordan Peele has pretty much hit a home run with Get Out. At times it makes us white people look bad, but then he uses a stereotypical joke that lightens the mood. That’s the key to having something to say, hide it with entertainment. With the movie going gangbusters at the box office I expect a backlash a bit on home video. I’m sure there will be many people saying the movie is overrated now, but check it out for yourself. I recommend it and if you’ve seen it already, the commentaries are very cool to listen to.
- Unveiling the Horror of Get Out
- Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast
- Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele
- Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele
Cast & Crew:
- Jordan Peele
- Allison Williams
- Catherine Keener
- Bradley Whitford
- Daniel Kaluuya
- Stephen Root
- Caleb Landry Jones
Recommended If You Like:
- Don’t Breathe
- The Invitation
- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner