Get Out

JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE INVITED, DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE WELCOME. 

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) go to see her parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener) who live in a secluded mansion; this is a very liberal family, but something is definitely off… Comedian Jordan Peele’s directing debut is a horror-comedy with a fresh twist. Using among other things The Stepford Wives (1975) as an inspiration, Peele tackles race relations and has a lot of fun with white guilt and affluent liberals; it is particularly amusing to see Whitford as an Obama voter with dark secrets. Kaluuya is a perfect protagonist, one we identify with easily, and his rapport with Lil Rel Howery provides laughs. Fun and creepy, even if the plot isn’t airtight.

2017-U.S. 104 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele. Written and directed by Jordan Peele. Cast: Daniel Kaluuya (Chris Washington), Allison Williams (Rose Armitage), Bradley Whitford (Dean Armitage), Catherine Keener (Missy Armitage), Caleb Landry Jones, Lil Rel Howery.

Trivia: Peele’s comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key is briefly seen in a photo.

Oscar: Best Original Screenplay.

Last word: “As we got into the initial years of the Obama administration, it became more clear than ever to me that race was a conversation people were increasingly uncomfortable having. There was this ‘post-racial’ lie going on. So this movie, the purpose of it became to represent the black experience, but also just [represent] race in the horror-movie genre and in the public conversation, in a way that I felt was taboo.” (Peele, The Verge)

 

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