Get Out

Unlike most people, I have never seen Get Out before, but it really held up to all the rave reviews I had heard about it. I think what stuck out to me was just how unsettling the whole movie felt. From the first minutes of the movie, there is just a feeling of uncomfortableness that I couldn’t shake, and I think that really helps to drive home the themes of the movie. They are supposed to be uncomfortable but Get Out makes these themes unavoidable. The audience has to confront and think about these ideas, which makes the movie even more powerful.

I think one of the real strengths of Get Out is how it highlights the sort of subtle racism from the liberal white middle class that is becoming more prominent. During our last class over slack, we discussed how the KKK members in The BlacKkKlansman follow the sort of “racist redneck” stereotype but that isn’t really indicative of our society currently. It’s the people who “would vote for Obama a third time if I could” that don’t realize all the different ways that they still hurt or make African Americans uncomfortable. These attitudes tend to breed the belief that white liberals are somehow not racist or complicit for racist actions or policies, which can create a lack of accountability throughout society. It’s something that many people clearly don’t understand or even recognize, and Get Out does a great job at capturing that different form of racism.

3 comments

  1. I like how you make a comparison between the extreme forms of outright racism expressed in The BlacKkKlansman compared to the effects of implicit biases and stereotypes portrayed in Get Out more particularly in the beginning of the movie. The alternate ending of Chris going to jail instead of being saved by Rod is increasingly relevant today as well.

  2. This was also my first time watching Get Out and I completely agree with you. At first, I thought the callouts to race were intended to be comical (a sort of parody of common racial tropes), but the longer I watched, the more I became convinced Peele structured it to force people to listen. The dialogue, setting, and casting all play off of each other to create the discomfort you highlighted and I think it’s an ingenious way of showing that this is very much a contemporary issue.

  3. I have seen Get Out many times before but watching it for this class definitely had a different effect. I totally agree that there is such an eerie feeling of discomfort for the audience. There are also so many subtle racial comments made throughout the film (like when Mr. Armitage tells Chris that the basement has some “black mold”). Every time you watch you notice more genius details that Peele included.

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