Just been watching…(95)

Get Out (2017)
**No plot spoilers**

Courtesy of having Netflix, I got to watch this film tonight.

I want you to imagine you are cooking up something cinematic, according to a recipe.

Let’s start with the ingredients.
In a large bowl,
Splash in a nice slug of ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ (1967).
Add just a pinch of ‘Meet The Parents’ (2000).
Stir in some essence of any ‘Two black guys in a buddy movie’.
Continue by folding in at least six ounces of ‘The Stepford Wives’ (1975).
Then reach for your box of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968), and add the whole contents.
Leave to set, and you have ‘Get Out’.

This film had good critical reception on release, and you can see why. A nice widescreen production, good lighting throughout, and even an occasional, “That made me jump!” moment. It starts off with a good-looking young couple in a modern loft-style apartment in the city. They are planning to take a trip. The reason is to spend the weekend at the house of the girl’s parents. But he is black, and wants to know if that will be an issue. She assures him it will not. He leaves his dog in the care of his fast-talking Transit Cop friend, and off they go.

As soon as they arrive, despite a warm welcome by her family, it is immediately apparent that something strange is going on. Both the gardener and house maid are black, but acting very strangely, almost like robots. Her mother turns out to be a hypnotherapist, and urges the young man to let her use her talents to help him to stop smoking. A brother arrives; manic, hyped-up, and keen to agitate his sister’s new boyfriend. Then there is the news that it is a special weekend, one when all the family friends will be arriving the next day, for the annual party. Walking around the house that night, our young hero bumps into the hypnotherapist, who invites him in for a chat. As they talk, she surreptitiously hypnotizes him.

And then the trouble really starts.

If you have seen most or all of the films I have mentioned in the ‘recipe’ above, then you would do well to give this film a wide berth. If not, then you may well find it refreshing, occasionally a little scary, and when the big (unsurprising) ‘reveal’ is finally revealed, you might even be shocked.
Or if you are me, you might have groaned, because it was so painfully obvious..

On the plus side, I didn’t hate it. The cast is good, and each one does their best with what’s on offer in the (sometimes laughable) script.

But come on, Mr film-maker, get that dictionary off the shelf.
Now turn to the letter ‘D’. Go down to ‘DER’.
Keep going until you find this word, then look at the meaning.

DERIVATIVE.

Here’s the trailer.

42 thoughts on “Just been watching…(95)

    1. I can’t be certain, but I suspect you might feel the same as me. Not only reused ideas, but replicated scenes too. If you had never seen anything like it, then you could be impressed, as so many others obviously have been. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Maybe it’s an age thing, Sam. I saw it all coming, and even had my suspicions before they left the city apartment. I certainly don’t class ‘Get Out’ as a Horror film, and wonder why it is classified as such. But if you enjoyed it that much, that’s fine with me.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I am amazed that this is classified as a ‘horror’ film, Eddy. Some of it is actually very amusing. You can often see the cast trying to keep a straight face. I could count the ‘jumpy bits’ on one hand.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Great post πŸ™‚ Nevertheless, I loved this film and it kept me surprised throughout. In that opening statement of yours, I would also add a (or at least a slight) touch of Repulsion. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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    1. You have seen and studied so many films, John, I confess to being amazed that anything about this film ‘kept you surprised throughout’. From the minute they drove to the parent’s house, I could have more or less told you what would happen in the next 90 minutes. I sort-of enjoyed watching it all come true though πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. No problem with that, Alex. I’m glad you did. I liked a lot of it, especially the parts where I was grinning at the blatant references to so many other films. πŸ™‚ That’s not always a bad thing of course, but I had expected so much more, after all the attention this film received.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. I thought it looked good, Alex. I was very impressed with the lighting. But when I saw some of the cast almost trying not to laugh, I smiled along with them. πŸ™‚
          The ending was a blast! Very B-film, in a good way.

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  2. That’s a different take. As someone who is familiar with all the films you mentioned I was still surprised. For me part of the fun was guessing all the possibilities. The director knows his genre but I believe made something new inspired by all that you mentioned and more. While I disagree its derivative I enjoyed reading your point of view. For me personally Get Out arrived in Australia with a lot of buzz from America and I was a little underwhelmed. I’ve since seen some of the clever thoughtful construction of the film discusses but my feeling remains that this was a good film film for me not great. I look forward to his next work. It should also be noted I feel the same about Roma but Roma at least got to me in some scenes. Different films but there you have it.

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    1. Roma is on my list, Lloyd. If you didn’t think ‘Get Out’ was derivative, knowing films like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, then I am very surprised. But if you liked it anyway, that’ s fine. As I said, I can see why the critics also liked it, and I enjoyed the ending too.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. You know the saying Pete “It’s not a rip-off it’s a homage.” πŸ™‚ i remember thinking it could be like the Stepford Wives and then noticing clues that supported or undermined that. In retrospect and in that sense it feels a little oh of course about the revelation but I went along for the ride. It entertained me and I get why it resonated but I still dont think it was the best film of the year. Movies are so subjective, wait until you see Green Book. πŸ™‚

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        1. I might be out on a reviewing limb here, judging by the comments. But honestly, I have rarely seen a film so predictable. ‘Homage’ is one thing, and often associated with style, rather than plot. I thought Get Out was just a tongue-in-cheek rip-off. But it was blatant enough to be amusing for that aspect.
          Green Book? Ah, Mortensen. I usually like him, it has to be said.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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          1. If you are out on a limb then stay there. I wouldn’t have you any other way and an opinion whether shared by the masses or not is as valid as any other. I respect what you have said and thank you for doing the same with me. Best wishes Pete.

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  3. Pete, in my opinion the reason this film was such a huge success was due to two factors: first and foremost, in the current racial environment in the US, it resonated – second, none of those other films are even known by the new generation of moviegoers here, so it was all new to them! Sadly, there is little interest in “classic” films from the new generation…they have their superhero movies and don’t care about Hollywood’s cinematic past. I work in the business and see it up close every day!

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  4. It actually was critically acclaimed. I have heard good reviews about it. But most of us may not have seen any of the movies that you mentioned for one or the other reason. πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen it yet but it is certainly on my must-watch list. I’ll reserve my comments till then.

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    1. If you have never seen anything like it before, then you will certainly enjoy it, I’m sure. I’m just too old, so have watched far too many films. πŸ™‚
      Thanks, HG.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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