Sunday, 30 April 2017

Film Review: "Get Out" (2017).




"Just because you're invited, doesn't mean you're welcome."
This is Get Out. This American comedy horror film written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut. The film follows Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, who have now reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her family. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behaviour 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 never could have imagined.

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. Peele first got the idea during 2008 Democratic primary discussions about whether an African American or a woman was more deserving of the presidency. This idea then evolved when he had a conversation with Eddie Murphy, during a stand-up comedy show, about Murphy going to meet his Caucasian girlfriend's parents. He then was inspired by Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Stepford Wives (1975). Peele later explained that the latter film is "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." By February 2016, Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root and Catherine Keener were cast. Principal photography on the film began in February and wrapped in March on a twenty eight day shooting schedule. Locations included Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama. Originally, the film was supposed to shoot in Los Angeles, California. However, due to budget cuts, the production was ultimately forced to decide upon Alabama as the last-minute decision.

The film stars Kaluuya, Williams, Howery, Whitford, Landry Jones, Root and Keener. The cast gave terrific performances. The cast have absorbed enough TV, or have such an instinctive feeling for those racially profiled victims and the West Wing liberals, that they manage all by themselves to bring a certain ambivalent, helpless and comically twisted edge to the film's message about African-American people in a White dominated America.

Get Out is one of the most disturbing movies ever made – and when you leave the theatre you may wish you could forget the whole experience. It is a reflection on a society that may be liberal, but it is doing more harm than good just like their conservative counterparts. Kaluuya's increasingly frantic but reliably strong-willed performance makes him an ideal subject as an everyday African-American in a White dominated microcosm of America. It is realistic horror at its best - truly creepy.

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