Guten tag, my lovely friend! I hope you’re enjoying your Friday. So I just got back from seeing Get Out and I just had to dive right into writing a review of it.
When I was searching for some official images from Get Out, I first went by the official website for Get Out. I couldn’t find any pictures, but they did have a quote from the director of Get Out, Jordan Peele, that I think is a great place to begin this review from.
“Art is the one tool we have against the true horrors of the world. I hope that Get Out is an inclusive experience that inspires people to just talk.” – Jordan Peele
Image courtesy of Universal Pictures
Get Out is a psychological horror movie about a black man, Chris, who’s meeting his white girlfriend’s white parents. It’s a film about how out of place it feels for a black person (or really anyone from a minority) to be in a society where you’re pre-judged based on racist stereotypes. In Get Out, racist bullshit isn’t afraid to be called out for what it is, which creates uncomfortable yet necessary-to-confront situations for Chris, Rose (his girlfriend), and Rose’s family. Racist bullshit like all black people have to prove themselves to white people, that an African-American’s genetics are a source of physical strength, that colored men are sexually desirable for their big dicks. Get Out wants us to be having conversations about race, about the perennial racial divide of our country, to let go of the idea that just because we had one black president that our work here is done. We’re not even close to done. This ignorance of race needs to stop. This is not fine.
The unnerving racial tension eventually reaches a breaking point, leading to something even more sinister at the core of the movie. This lets Chris be the person being scared, defying the token black character stereotype; he’s not the scarer, not the criminal, not the thug, not the aggressor. The nice white people are the source of horror. Rose’s family has black servants, but they’re there because they want to be there — they’re happy to help. Rose’s father voted for Obama twice and would have for a third time. Experiencing someone else’s culture is a great privilege. As the story unfolds, these white platitudes are betrayed; events and dialog from earlier in the movie are given more meaning; and the truth that Chris finds deep in the world of a very white family is truly terrifying. The implications left me shaken at the end of the film.
Jordan Peele and his team have created a fantastic horror movie that is even more prescient given the election of Trump. I implore you to see Get Out. Afterwards, let’s talk.
Get Out earns a 5 out of 5.
These past five weeks of Trump have been really frustrating and disappointing, especially with the recent rescinding of the trans bathroom rights, so I’d just like to remind you, don’t ever forget that you’re wonderful — no matter what anyone else says!