Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, is a must see thriller. In a film that finally shows a Black-American being attacked and targeted by a white majority, Peele was able to pull off suspense and intrigue. We’re so used to seeing the black person in the movie as a villain, a savage, and a drug-using/dealing criminal. In this film, we see it being the exact opposite. The Black-Americans in this film are honest, law abiding citizens who are respectable, just like they’re-shockingly enough in Hollywood- normal people living normal lives. This film paints a different picture than the ones we are used to seeing in a Hollywood film.
“Do they know I’m Black?” My dad would vote for Obama a third time if he could, she says, as if to comfort his unease about meeting her white parents. That about sums up the other characters interactions with him as well.
Imagine going to go meet the parents and being caught up in a culture that seemingly is overly “I’m not racist.”- That is to say, the people who mean well, but still say and do racist things.
However, moving past that, this film manages to do something that many films before it have failed to do. It manages to actually psych out the audience. This movie left audiences on the edge of their seats. The use of camera movements to portray a deeper story and to add to the raw emotions is outstanding. The use of silence to fill a gap and leave the audience in suspense works perfectly. The score added into the silent acting and use of camera
Allison Williams is cast perfectly as the loving, adoring girlfriend, Rose, who doesn’t care that her boyfriend is black and who gets along exquisitely with Chris’s (Daniel Kaluuya) best friend, Rod.
From the time we meet Rose’s family, Chris feels uncomfortable, we can see and feel that. Perhaps that it is the off-handed racism, perhaps it’s a gut feeling. Every time we see another black character, we see Chris getting more and more uncomfortable everything. This comes to a tipping point when we see Lakeith Stanford’s character, Andrew, lunge at our protagonist just for taking a picture of him after hearing and seeing the way he was speaking as if he were a cultured person living in a bygone era.
After this, things escalate from thriller to full-blown horror film that can leave audience members shocked if they aren’t ready for it.
Peele manages to pull together so many underlying tones and bring them into the spotlight without the audience even knowing. Audiences of all racial backgrounds have something to make them shift uncomfortably during this film because of it. One such tone is the ode to slave auctions. You’ll have to watch the film to know where this comes from. The feeling Chris has when he “sink[s] into the floor” is another one.
Overall, this film masterfully addresses the issues of anti-black rhetoric in America and can leave some white audience members uncomfortable and hateful of the film, but other folks deeply in love with the film and its relevance to today’s world.