“Get Out” Review

“Get Out” is an American comedy horror film recently released on February 24, 2017. The movie was written and directed by Jordan Peele, a black man who intends to emphasize the reality of what it’s like to be black through his work. Throughout the movie there is a lot of symbolism about being black in this day and age as well as references to slavery. While reserving the plot as best as possible (because it is a must-see), I intend to offer incite on a few of the scenes and their subliminal messages and meanings. Over the next 10 years, Peele plans on releasing seven pieces that each focus on social demons. In order for this to make sense, the examples will be discussed consecutively because they escalate towards the end of the movie for emphasis. “Get Out” relays the experience of a black man going to meet his white girlfriends’ parents for the first time.

Throughout the movie, the deer is used as a motif; they nearly crash because of hitting one while on the way to Amy’s parents’ house. Startled, they both get out of the car, but Chris tells Rose to stay by the car while he approaches the animal because he can hear that it is still alive. He looks it directly in the eyes as it lies there dying and helpless and somehow seems to have an understanding for the animals’ state. Peele uses this as a tool to foreshadow events later in the movie. After hitting the deer, Rose called the police. When an officer arrives, he asks for both her license and his I.D. even though he wasn’t driving. The officer begins to explain that it’s protocol, but Rose calls him out on it saying, “That’s bullshit.” Although this seems like a typical interaction between a black man and a white police officer, it is very probable that the cop could have actually been doing his job because there was a string of young black male disappearances. This is an important concept to grasp and consider because every white officer is not an enemy to a person of color.

While driving onto the luxurious and secluded residence, Chris notices a black man working in the yard which wouldn’t have been weird except for his smile, stare, and slow waving. Chris is then greeted by Rose’s parents, Missy and Dean, who welcome him with hugs. Chris then meets Georgina, a rather young looking black female who worked as a maid. While refilling tea into the parents’ and young couples’ glasses as they dine outside and discuss sports, specifically the process of breaking in a horse, Georgina begins to daydream then snapped back to reality, spilling a little tea out of Chris’ cup onto the table. Accidents happen, so this is nothing out of the ordinary, right? Missy tells Georgina that she should go lie down insisting that she’s tired, with a rather disgusted expression. The parents remind Rose that this is the weekend of the annual party that her grandfather threw while he was alive and all of his rich friends would be there. Before dinner as Dean gives Chris a tour of the house, he mentions that the basement is sealed off because of “black mold.”

At dinner as Rose’s brother Jeremy embarrasses her by telling stories of her going through puberty, he then focuses his attention rather strongly on getting to know Chris. His father suggests he give someone else the floor to talk because he is obviously intoxicated, but he insists he has every right to speak as Roses’ brother. He asks Chris if he likes UFC or mixed martial arts. Chris who is a photographer responds, “Like MMA?”, and Jeremy contently replies, “Yes.” Chris tells him he doesn’t says it’s too gruesome of a sport. Jeremy then tells him that with his build and genetic make-up that if he were to really train, that he could be a “beast.” This is an important scene because African Americans are perceived to be aggressive and were often forced to fight for the entertainment of their slave masters during slavery. He then begins to explain that with Jiu Jitsu, it’s more mental than physical, and that it’s all about being two to three steps ahead of your opponent. Immediately after saying this he gets up from the table and walks over to Chris and tells him to stand up. Chris can see that he’s drunk and declines,  grabbing his arm as Jeremy grabs his shoulder telling him he has a rule not to wrestle with “drunk dudes.” Roses’ parents simultaneously tell him he’s taking it too far. Jeremy then walks away from the table grabbing the wine bottle as he leaves and says, “I wasn’t going to hurt him.”

Chris sees another young black male at the party and approaches him telling him it’s nice to see another brother around. Logan turns around giving an almost robotic response replying, “Yes Indeed.” He was dressed in a cardigan and dress pants and had a tattoo on his neck standing out from what his style appeared to be. An older white woman then approached the two inquiring who Chris was. He introduces himself and Logan adds, “Yes Chris was just telling me how he feels much more comfortable with my being here.” The woman then interrupts telling Logan that there was a couple asking about him. Chris watched as they walked away and approached another pair and saw Logan twirl around showing off his attire as if he was on display.

This is an influential movie for everyone because if you’re black, then you can relate. There are a lot of parts in the movie that have humor behind them but are reality for a lot of black community. If you are white, or any other race for that matter, then it truly gives incite as to what it’s like to feel like a second class citizen, to be uncomfortable for nothing other than being born the race you are, and overall offers just a glimpse of what it’s like to be black here in America.

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