“Get Out,” a movie about a girl bringing her boyfriend to meet her parents for a weekend that “he will never forget,” hit movie theaters across the United States on February 24th and has been the talk of the country since.
This movie was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut and first huge movie success. Jordan Peele is a comedian who is most known for his “Key & Peele” skits with his partner Keegan-Michael Key. Many people were shocked and confused that he was directing a movie in a genre outside of his comedic background.
The first weekend that this movie came out was when it really accumulated all of its recognition.
“Jordan Peele, age 38, ‘Shocks the World’; his directorial debut movie ‘Get Out’ earns an incredible $30.5 million dollars, in just three days! On top of that, it only cost $4.5 million dollars to make. Movie critics and analysts were shocked by a novice black director with relatively unknown lead characters is the current number one movie at the box office,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The same night ‘Moonlight’ won Best Picture, ‘Get Out’ ended its fruitful theatrical debut with $33.4 million in North American grosses, surpassing forecasts that estimated a $28 million opening. Jordan Peele’s horror film is expected to net another $26 million this go around, remarkable for a genre known for steep second-weekend revenue declines,” according to Matthew Jacobs, a lead writer for the Huffington Post.
On top of the fact that Peele’s movie made so much of a profit on its first weekend, it also had no well-recognized actors. The main characters named Chris and Rose are played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. These two actors were only in supporting actor roles, if that, in the previous movies they had appeared in.
“My favorite character is Rodney because he doesn’t give in. He is not as dumb as Chris. Rodney does not give in to her [Rose] advances,” said Will Alokones, a Boys’ Latin freshman who saw the movie.
In the movie, Rodney is played by actor Lil Rel Howery who, besides the “Carmichael Show”, had never really played a significant role in anything else. The internet has been raving about Rodney as a character and this being a breakout role for Howery.
The movie even got a 99% on “Rotten Tomatoes,” which is one of the most trusted movie critic websites on the Internet. That means “Get Out” was liked by more movie critics than movies like “Up,” “King Kong,” “Toy Story,” “La la Land,” “ET,” and some other award-winning films.
“Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless,” wrote Peter Debruge, the Chief International Film Critic for Variety.com.
Movie critics are normally always sticklers. The movie critiqued normally has to be the creme de la crop. This is another sign that this movie is a must see.
“I would rate the movie about a 10; one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. There was a lot of comedy even though it was a horror movie. On top of that, the audience I saw it with was funny too because they would yell and scream and stuff,” said Alokones.