“Get Out” Tops the Box Office

Michelle Ansari  | Staff Writer

Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, topped the box office in its first weekend, bringing in 30.5 million dollars, and eventually totalling to 176.6 million.

In this socially aware horror, Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuya, goes with his girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, out of the city and into the suburbs to visit her family. Throughout the time they are there, things become stranger and stranger for Chris. The film also includes a plot twist towards the end.

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In the beginning of the film, I found it odd that Rose’s family kept asserting the fact they would have voted for Obama a 3rd term and that they are liberals, almost as if they were trying to convince Chris that they liked black people. It was obvious in this movie that Chris was uncomfortable, with small innuendos making Chris on his toes with suspicion.

In a way, you almost become aware of how often people try to convince other races that they in fact are not racist, bringing up how they have friends of other races or that they love certain cultural aspects from other races. You also get the feeling in the film that these other races aren’t blind to this tactic. While of course we don’t think that every white family is like Rose’s, and in no way are white people inherently racist, sometimes, people act in a way they don’t even realize. There is almost a social guilt between races, especially in these times.

What was even more interesting to me, and something I hadn’t picked up on before, was the way the African-American characters were changed to fit a ‘white’ persona, speaking and dressing like the stereotype for a rich white suburban person. It is almost making light of how people are expected to mold into the average type, and how sometimes these people feel like they have to conform to society.

I definitely think I would see Get Out again, considering the whole film was riddled with hidden meanings. It seemed to come at a good point in time. I think it’s one of those movies that makes you go home and think about what you’ve just watched, and one that would bring you back to the theater again.

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