British actor Daniel Kaluuya is Chris, the black boyfriend of Rose, a beautiful young white woman played by Allison Williams. They have been dating for a while and have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating. She invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents Missy and Dean, a psychotherapist and surgeon respectively. 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.
When Chris arrives at their colossal home, he is deeply disconcerted to find that Rose’s family, though impeccably progressive, are surrounded by black staff, who lock eyes with the family’s honored guest with glacial correctness. It so happens that the young couple’s visit coincides with a big family get together, and the hospitality becomes more and more unsettling. A combination of casual, natural family interaction and stark, surreal interludes creates a constant sense of unease, making it very funny in parts and always entertaining. Its primary function is as a horror movie with shades of comedy, and it succeeds as such; its hidden racial and religious messages something to think about while at it.
Beating out an almost 20-year-old record, Get Out has unsurprisingly managed to become the highest-grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay. The record was previously held by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez who co-wrote and directed 1999’s “reality documentary” The Blair Witch Project.
As reported by Forbes, Get Out, which was made on a $4.6-million budget, has raked in over $150 million USD in domestic (US) sales, surpassing the $140 million USD made by The Blair Witch Project. Mastermind Jordan Peele has also become the first African-American writer-director to earn $100 million USD on a debut film.
Get Out has managed to thrive despite common fears of marketability as is the case with such films.
Not to spoil the fun; you should get the movie and check it out; it might just be the best film you’ve watched in 2017 so far!