Film review: Get Out – an insight into America’s Liberal Racism

This review may contain spoilers

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Get out was made on a low budget getting $30 million in its first weekend along with a rare 99% rating on rotten tomato, the film combines entertainment along with horror and humour being the third best opening film for Universal studios.

The film opens with that familiar horror movie mis en scene in which a young black man is walking down an eerily quite street in the middle of the night, set in the suburbs the victim is beat with a baseball bat and bundled into a car. This scene is the first of many that leaves the viewer itching to know its significance within the film.

Daniel Kaluuya a London born actor, stars as Chris Washington a black photographer who heads to his girlfriend Rose’s family house to meet her parents, initially he has his reservations questioning Rose about whether her parents know that he’s black however she reassures him that her family aren’t racist so sees no problem with it. Rose’s family overcompensate when trying to make Chris feel at home, changing the way they speak and act around him. The first half of the film leaves the audience guessing, as there are a number of events that make you question why everyone is acting so odd.

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Chris’s best friend a TSA officer called Rod is possibly one of the best characters, its interesting how the way he speaks is contrasted hugely with how the rest of the black people speak at Rose’s parents house. He guesses what’s going on before anyone else but no one takes him seriously including the police.

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Get out is an ironic take of the horror genre, through the use of satire director, comedian Jordan Peele, aims to draw viewers attention to the liberal racism that exists in the US. The film isn’t about the proud, trump-supporting racists of America instead it focuses on this idea that the people who class themselves as liberals that ‘would have voted for Obama for a third time’ if they could, who ‘understand’ racism however they also define black people in terms of narrow stereotypes, exemplified by Rose’s brother telling Chris how his ‘genetic make up’ would make him a great MMA fighter and that he with proper training he would be a ‘beast’.

One night when Chris can’t sleep Rose’s mother hypnotises him taking him to the ‘sunken place’ Jordan Peele explains this idea on his twitter account

The film isn’t necessarily frightening compared to other horrors but it does leave you feeling uncomfortable in more than one way. Get Out has received plenty of praise for the refreshing way it looks at racism and also with the way it deals with the taboo of mixed relationships, police brutality.

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