‘Get Out’ Is The Movie Hollywood–And America–Needed
Hollywood is in dire need of original scripts that can turn a profit—and Get Out‘s got just that.
Since opening at the box office three weeks ago, the Jordan Peele-directed horror has scared up a surprising $111 million domestically. On a measly budget of just $4.5 million, it has rendered one of the best cinematic returns of the year so far and shows little signs of slowing–this weekend alone it ticketed $21.1 million.
The so-called “social horror,” which explores racism through an interracial couple and the girlfriend’s Stepford Wives-esque family, has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. It currently boasts a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the best-reviewed release of 2017 to hit theaters so far.
Get Out follows a young man called Chris (British actor Daniel Kaluuya, best known to U.S. audiences from a haunting episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams, or Marnie from Girls fame), who drive to visit her parents for the weekend in an unnamed affluent suburb.
Horror ensues, generated both by the class warfare an orphaned Chris must endure encountering a wealthy family’s lawn party and the racist remarks that fill its conversations. Then comes literal bloodshed, but not before the audience has cringed and cackled its way through a devastating portrayal of race relations in America.
“The very first notion that this movie came from had nothing to do with race… it was really about the fear…