Rose: You were one of my favourites.
Potential Spoilers. Please don’t complain, just watch the movie.
I’m sure you’ve seen this meme surfacing across the internet recently but have you gone to watch the movie? If you haven’t you should!
In fact, here’s a link to the trailer.
I’ve wanted to see this movie since I saw the trailer online a number of months back and I finally managed to go see this movie last week, on a cinema date.
Get Out is on some websites classed as a comedy horror but, personally, I think that’s an inaccurate label. Get Out is a thriller, a satirical thriller on liberal racism. Yes, there may be parts that have a comedic value but to be frank a comedy horror, to me, is more like the Scream movie(s). Get Out is a thriller, most definitely a thriller:
Jordan Peele directed this movie. He has a familiar face that I feel I’ve seen in some other things.
Off to Google I go!
Okay so Jordan Peele has featured in a Panic! At the Disco music video, Modern Family and The Mindy Project. He’s also starred in a comedy TV series named after himself ‘Key and Peele’.
Disclaimer: I am by no means qualified to give a complete and thorough analysis on the social critique elements of this movie. I’m simply discussing my view on the movie.
The focus of this movie is of the interracial couple traveling to the house of the white girls parents. It appears at first that her parents live an isolated suburban lifestyle but as the film progresses, the sinister motives of the parents and neighbours becomes apparent.
The movie opens in a suburban area with the abduction of a young black man late into the night by a masked person, who takes him away in a car.
Naturally this scene sets chills down your spine. The creeping nature of the car coupled with the young man (Andre) trying to escape and avoid trouble to no avail. The scene becomes further unsettling when the story switches to the romance of the couple, whom the whole movie is based on, leaving the viewer with no answers on who the victim was and what happened to him. The viewer is now taken on the journey with the couple ( Chris and Rose) as they go to visit her parents for the weekend. Chris expresses his worry about Rose not telling her parents about his race which she brushes off with nonchalant humour. She further attempts to reassure him that he’ll be okay ( her dad loves Obama, you see.) Chris remains unconvinced, naturally. As the movie progresses, Chris experiences an incident with the cops before arriving at the household of Rose’s parents. Rose’s dad, Dean, is cringe worthy. Demonstrated through his attempts at being “down with the kids” and an ally to black people, he’d vote for Obama a third time if he could.
It’s script like these throughout the movie that highlights the problematic nature of white liberals and the racism they think they do not have. Jordan Peele cleverly crafted a feature film that has humour, suspense and a deeply relevant political statement. It’s refreshing the manner that Get Out deals with race. I’m sure we all know the Hollywood tropes when looking at racial issues: historical settings, brutality, and things of that nature. Setting racial stories in historical settings gives the impression race conflict is a thing of the past. These tropes are done in order to not impart guilt onto white audiences but Get Out does not care. Get Out is here to make you feel uncomfortable, to point out that it is the moderate (wo)man in contemporary society that is a problem.
I find relevance here of a quote made by Martin Luther King Jr.
In the spirit of not giving spoilers, I’ll refrain from discussing the plot further. Peele did an amazing job in creating a movie that sticks to the horror-thriller genre but combines political satire in this feature film perfectly. The issues of appropriation, fetishisation of black men and white erasure of black culture are depicted with clarity. So far you may think this film focuses solely on making a political statement but that’s not correct. Get Out adds in comedy through Chris’ friend who’s speculations on how ‘freaky’ Rose’s family could be are hilarious. Horror and suspense are added via Rose’s mother who is a pro at hypnotism ( a skill that is scary in itself). There are more than enough jump scenes and moments of thrill. Some of the scenes are unsettling: see the hypnotism and bingo scene. You, as the viewer, are left guessing at how sinister the intentions of the white neighbourhood are right until the very end. Think of the Sixth Sense reveal. You are kept guessing on intentions until the last third of the movie.
I would also like to add that if you somehow feel personally offended by this movie, as a white person or any NBPOC, then I feel, you must be part of the problem that this movie seeks to highlight.
As Jordan Peele’s feature film directional debut, Get Out has been received with much critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval of 99%, which in my experience is a pretty high approval for Rotten Tomatoes to give.
One word review: Clever
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Thank you for reading this far and I hope you’ve enjoyed Movie Monday. I will be back again Wednesday for normal blog posting ( no double beauty this week). I will see you guys on Wednesday until then…