Magazine article Screen International

'Get Out': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Get Out': Review

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A blend of light-touch social commentary with vintage thriller tropes has seen this entertaining Daniel Kaluuya feature soar to the top of the US box office

Dir/scr: Jordan Peele. US. 2017. 103mins

Retro horror and racial tension mix to surprisingly entertaining effect in Get Out, the feature directing debut of US TV comedy multi-hyphenate Jordan Peele. With British up-and-comer and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Daniel Kaluuya adding to the appeal in his first big screen lead, this is another piece of smart and commercial genre filmmaking from producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions.

After its Sundance premiere, the low budget (reportedly just $5m) outing over-achieved wildly in its North American opening, grossing an estimated $30.5m this weekend through worldwide distributor Universal. The numbers might not be quite so impressive as the film rolls out internationally through the spring, though Kaluuya and the topical theme should still make for some above-average grosses.

Kaluuya (best known for UK TV series including Skins and Babylon) plays Chris, an African-American photographer from New York nervously setting out with Caucasian girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams, from HBO's Girls) to meet her parents over a weekend at the family's country estate.

Rose's psychiatrist mother (played by Catherine Keener) and neurosurgeon father Dean (Bradley Whitford) give the new boyfriend an apparently warm welcome - with Dad noting his admiration for President Obama - but there's something odd about Rose's brother (Caleb Landry Jones) and the family's black housekeeper (Betty Gabriel) and black groundsman (Marcus Henderson). …

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