I'm glad for it because the community needs it and Get Out sets a precedent for new ideas in horror. I've been deliriously vocal in pushing for the future of horror and my issue with people hanging back on originals and never giving any recent horror movies credit. There's a lot of shit to trudge through and I agree there, but the horror community needs to look closer for the real efforts certain films are making. As an aspiring filmmaker myself, what impression does that give me to try out my vision? Get Out has done the work I have always dreamed.
In Get Out we follow Chris preparing to meet his girlfriend's parents. The kind with a sprawling property, a black maid and black groundskeeper, a beautiful home. Chris is black, his girlfriend, Rose, is white. They seem happy together but Chris is ever discerning in the dynamics of their relationship. He continuously schools her on the reality of the black experience compared to the white experience. And that experience ranges from meeting parents, dealing with cops and socializing as the black guy dating a white girl. It's refreshing and Rose seems to be adept at handling each situation. Too adept.
Chris gets to the house and is met with Rose's dad who tries too hard to relate to him on the surface, never anything deeper beyond "my man" and " Obama." He explains away the fact that his "help" is black and he couldn't bear to let them go. That type of conversation is not casual but geared towards Chris' race and the need to make him comfortable. However, not from an actual human perspective.
Now watching Chris' interactions with outlier white people in this film can be shocking in the way that you may say to yourself, "There is no way someone would say that to another person." And I think that is the point. You'll see very subtle moments of conversation that are supposed to be "getting to know someone" jargon and they turn into subjects very much centered around the fact that Chris is black. It feels insane. It's supposed to feel insane. It's to be expected when you're black.
Maybe go watch American History X as a precursor before you see Get Out so you can understand that Chris is not overreacting.
It gets better with Rose's mother. She's a psychiatrist continually apologizing for the antics of Rose's father and the obvious plays he's trying to make to Chris. You won't realize that her doctored hypnosis goes deeper and more harrowing. Circling a spoon in a teacup and bellowing, "Sink."
I don't go hard with spoilers in any of my reviews because I hope you just go see the movie! I will say beyond the social commentary this movie is scary as fuck! They work all the psychological shit on you first and about the time the heavy gore comes in, you're begging for it to happen. These people are straight up awful. But I can talk about the way this movie gutted me, differently than any of my favorite horror films.
I am a biracial, gay woman with all sorts friends. I pass for white, I pass for straight and I get to witness people who don't approve of either talk in front of me, hatefully, as though I'm like minded and part of the crowd they think they're in. It's a privilege I will always own that doesn't feel good. My girlfriend is white but I am lucky to be with someone who gets it. It's complicated. My mother is white and my father is black and knowing the two of them, they are perfect for each other. I am proud of the life that they have provided me and the opportunity to have such a diverse set of family on each side. I'm not sure I would be as capable as I am without this familial origin. I owe everything to it. It's where my writing comes from. I am lucky. To offer a different perspective of appearing white(and totally not being white)and meeting your girlfriend's family, you almost want to make a point of clarifying that fact. Just because you never know. Luckily for me, it hasn't been an issue but I know the apprehension even from the opposite side.
Obviously I have strong feelings about Get Out so anyone that wants to see it with me for a second, third or fourth time, let me know. Can't wait to see what Jordan Peele puts out next. Btw, the soundtrack is slammin'.