Movie Monday: Get Out

Potential Spoilers. It’s difficult to have commentary on this without some spoilers.

Have you seen this meme before?

Rose: You were one of my favourites.

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 the trailer:

Since seeing the trailer, I’ve been dead excited to see this film. Get Out is, on some websites, classed as a comedy horror but, personally, I see Get Out as a thriller – a satirical thriller, if that’s possible. Yes, there may be parts that have a comedic value but a comedy horror, to me, is more like the Scream movie(s). Get Out is a thriller, most definitely a thriller:

Disclaimer: I am by no means qualified to give a complete and thorough analysis on the social critique elements of this movie. This is just a personal review.

The movie is centered around the couple meet Rose’s parents for the first time. It initially seems that her parents live a domesticated suburban lifestyle but as the film progresses, the sinister motives become more apparent. 

Get Out nails a lot of poignant scenes. The first abduction, the incident with the highway cop and the inappropriateness of Rose’s dad using Obama as tool for bonding.

The script highlights the problematic nature of white liberals and the racism they think they do not have. Jordan Peele has 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 tired Hollywood tropes when putting race as the focal point on the big screen. Regularly releasing stories on race set in historical settings gives the impression race conflict is a thing of the past. These tropes are utilised in order to not impart guilt onto white audiences but Get Out is not here to make race discourse a historic discussion. Get Out is here to make you feel uncomfortable, to point out that it is the moderate white (wo)man in contemporary society that is the problem.

There is a MLK quote that explains this better than I can.

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. This is artfully combined with comedy, horror and suspense.

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%. This is a film worth watching.

One word review: Intense

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…

( if you’ve watched the movie, you’ll get the reference )


Em x


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