Friday, 26 May 2017

Horror Review: Get Out (2017)


A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend's mysterious family estate.


This film received a serious amount of hype before and after it's release, it quickly got branded a must see film.



With such hype I usually get apprehensive about watching these films, I'm worried because there's no escaping it these days, there's no ignoring it. With social media and film reviews in every type of media there really is no way of ignoring it.

Which brings us to the film itself, I must admit that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and even though the feature was said to be highly original, and I guess it was overall, there were some major aspects I'd seen before but I can't say without spoiling the film for you.



One of the main things I truly loved about this feature is the amount of detail and attention that was put into it, you won't spot everything in one viewing but there's truly so much thought put into each scene and it pays off big time. 

The film has a great atmosphere to it and the creep factor ramps up as the film goes on, making it edge of the seat viewing. Writer and director Jordan Peele shows he's more than just laughs and gives us some thrilling viewing that really had me gripped to the screen.



"Get Out" lived up to it's hype and I highly recommend you give it a watch, I will say though the less you know the better.

If you want to see the "Get Out" trailer then just click on the video below:




Miscellaneous facts about the film:


Was filmed in 28 days.
Jordan Peele was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy. During a stand-up comedy show, Murphy talked about going to meet a Caucasian girlfriend's parents.

Jordan Peele directed scenes in the movie while doing impersonations of Tracy Morgan, Forest Whitaker, and Barack Obama.

Regarding the meaning of The Sunken Place, creator/director Jordan Peele said, "The Sunken Place means we're marginalized. No matter how hard we scream, the system silences us."

The fact that Rod Williams is a TSA agent who provides both comic relief in a brutal horror film and a heroic part of the story is not accidental. Jordan Peele has said he has general affection for TSA screeners and doesn't just see them as annoyances at the airport, and several "Key & Peele" skits centered around them playing TSA agents in various settings.

Jordan Peele cited the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) as an inspiration for making this his feature film writing-directing debut, because the film had an African American protagonist.

Jordan Peele's feature film directorial debut.

The stark black & white cinematic poster showing a cropped close up of the protagonists eyes is an inverted reference to the poster of French film La Haine (1995). Both films offer contemporary examinations of cultural appropriation, marginalisation and racism.

In a scene where Chris is talking to Georgina about his phone being unplugged in the bedroom, over his shoulder to the right, a poster is visible. The way the camera has cut off the poster, it appears to say "Chris is dead."

Eddie Murphy was originally chosen to play Chris, but Jordan Peele changed his mind after it was decided he was too old for the role.

Allison Williams' first feature film.

The voice which says, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" is actually the voice of creator/director of the film Jordan Peele.

Production schedule was set for 23 days in Fairhope, Alabama.

In an interview with Jason Guerrasio, Jordan Peele said that the decision to film the movie in Fairhope and Mobile, Alabama, was a very last-minute one necessitated by budget cuts. "We were going to shoot this movie here in Los Angeles until about a month before we were set to shoot, and then I got a call saying we had to figure out someplace else for tax reasons. [It was a] gigantic curveball, and a real lesson that sometimes blessings come in strange packages. Because I think the movie is what it's meant to be. I think it might be a better movie than we would've done in here in LA. Also just a big lesson that you can get past the insurmountable."

Jordan Peele said in an interview that Allison Williams reminded him of "someone you knew and had a crush on when you met them at summer camp", and he thought this was a great quality for the kind of character Rose Armitage really is.

The main theme, "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga," is sung in Swahili with the exception of the English word "brother," a word which composer Michael Abels felt has a special, universal meaning among black people that did not need translation. According to Abels, the voices in the song represent the souls of black slaves and lynching victims trying to warn Chris to get away. The translation of the lyrics is, "Brother, run! Listen to the elders. Listen to the truth. Run away! Save yourself."

The song playing in the beginning of the film, when Chris is packing for the weekend, is "Redbone" by Childish Gambino. Director Jordan Peele wanted that song because of its lyrics, including, "stay woke" and "don't close your eyes."

Writer/director Jordan Peele wrote the screenplay during the first term of President Barack Obama, when racism was believed to be a thing of the past. He thought there wouldn't be much interest for his movie in such an optimistic climate, so he wrote it mainly for himself. But with the increasing violence against African-Americans and the coming of the Black Lives Matter movement in later years, he knew the time was right to make a movie out of it.

This is the second film in which Stephen Root plays a blind character (the first being O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)).

The original score was created entirely by orchestral composer Michael Abels, who had never worked on a film before, but who specializes in traditional concert music with influences from blues, jazz and African music. Director Jordan Peele found one of Abels' orchestral compositions, "Urban Legends," on YouTube and decided that "this guy could terrorize some people in this movie."

The detective that Rodney visits is named Latasha Peele.

Slate reported that this movie was the "secret midnight screening" at the January 2017 Sundance Film Festival--even though "rumors had been circulating for days that the horror movie...was the festival's enticing TBA ["to be announced selection"], and Variety confirmed those rumors hours before the show."

This is the second time actors Lakeith Stanfield and Stephen Root worked together in a film centered on the theme of racism. The first film being Selma (2014).

Second collaboration between Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. They previously worked together in An American Crime (2007).

Stephen Root also plays a blind character the Coen brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). His role of a radio station operator who records the Soggy Bottom Boys is credited only as "radio station man."

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