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.