Jordan Peele’s Get Out has to be one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Unsurprisingly, it has been trending on twitter since the trailer was released. A film hitting racism head-on and focusing on making ‘white people’ the antagonist would of course gather a lot of attention. I watched the film with the mentality of going to watch a horror which is why I think I left the cinema slightly disappointed as I didn’t find it scary, but after viewing at it from a different perspective and really looking at the small implications and digs within the film, Jordan Peele has done an amazing job.
Get Out is a twisted psychological thriller about a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time to find them almost everything he expected and worse. There are so many comedic elements to the film, one of my favourites being the friend Rod Williams (Lil Rel Howery) telling Chris, the protagonist to literally get out of the house and showing huge concern for him throughout the film. I also think that Daniel Kaluuya who plays Chris’s facial expressions were perfect throughout the whole film and always containing a sense of disbelief. Samuel L. Jackson’s comments on a British Actor being unable to portray an African American I found really disappointing and ignorant coming from such a successful actor. However, Giggs response to this was my favourite.
I loved the racial satire throughout the film, such as the scene where Chris is introduced to all of his girlfriend’s family friends and they ask the stereotypical race questions. I also found it funny that when Chris asks a man in the film ‘Why black people?’ he replies ‘I don’t know, man’, literally proving the fact that even people who are being outright racist will never admit it. The horror element of the film was this conception of ‘The Sunken Place’ I didn’t even realise was in fact representing oppression of black people in America which Peele actually explained himself on his twitter.
And he even made a Donald Trump meme about it:
Get Out is an empowering, landmark of a film, which I think will inspire black writers and directors. Slowly but surely new and innovative films are overtaking typical ‘Hollywood’ type films as recent Black films such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures are taking the limelight and even snatching Oscars. Jordan Peele directed this film in all the right ways making it an enjoyable psychological, satirical horror with strong messages which shoves the issue of racism in Hollywood’s face.