I don’t like scary movies. Moreover, I can’t stand scary movies that exist solely to be scary. If the entire purpose of a film is to scare the viewer, that’s not good enough. A horror movie needs to have a compelling plot — I need to care about the characters running from the guy with a chainsaw.
That’s why “Get Out” was such a great horror film.
Originally, I didn’t want to see “Get Out” — I wanted to see “The Lego Batman Movie” — but alas, everyone else wanted to see the scary movie with a 99 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, not the movie about legos.
I have to say, this movie is fearless. It explores racial themes unlike any film I’ve ever seen.
The main character, Chris, a black man, is going upstate to meet his white girlfriend Rose’s parents.
He’s very nervous about it, as Rose hasn’t told them he’s black, but she assures him there’s nothing to worry about.
“My dad totally would have voted for Obama for a third term if he could,” she said, as if that would completely erase his anxiety.
The movie goes far beyond traditional tropes of racism that aren’t often explored. Rose’s parents aren’t “rednecks” but highly educated, tremendously wealthy and liberal. They don’t look at Chris, or any black people, as inferior, but rather have a twisted admiration — or perhaps obsession — with him.
They have multiple housekeepers who are black, and act strangely towards Chris. Chris assumes the housekeepers are acting strangely because they’re jealous or uncomfortable with his interracial relationship with Rose.
Chris also finds himself the victim of weird, unnecessary off-hand comments by Rose’s family members regarding his race — some people would call it casual racism.
It’s the idea that outright, blatant racism is easier to deal with than the secret distaste for minorities that some people try to hide, but eventually leaks out.
Unprompted comments like “Did you know Tiger Woods is my favorite golfer?” get Chris distracted from what’s really going on, as all he can think about is the onslaught of “casual racism.”
Chris slowly starts to realize there’s something off about this family and the housekeepers.
As you the viewer get more and more weirded out, so does Chris. Though he is a little slow on the uptake, he has phone conversations with his friend Lil Rel, who tells him what the audience is really thinking — get out of that house!
I won’t spoil the plot, but I will say it’s insane … much more bonkers than I originally expected.
Jordan Peele, one of the co-creators of the comedy central show “Key & Peele,” directed the film, and it’s obvious. Pretty much every “Key & Peele” sketch follows a similar formula. Things start out normal, then slowly become more and more ridiculous.
This movie isn’t much different. You can tell when Chris starts to notice things at the house becoming stranger by the minute until it’s too late.
The last 30 minutes of the movie are an exhilarating rush. The way in which the story escalates is slow and deliberate at first, then spikes to the climax.
With all that Chris has to deal with, it makes you really root for him by the end of the film. I can’t remember the last time I was so invested in a fictional character.
It’s also pretty funny, which is important for someone like me. I need a few comedic scenes to relax myself after some spooky stuff goes down.
After seeing how it all plays out, I want to go back and watch the beginning again to catch all of the subliminal messages and themes. I have a feeling there’s a lot of things I missed.
I’d recommend it, although the first half of the movie has a decent amount of jump scares, and the second half becomes really creepy, so if you can’t stomach that, watch “The Lego Batman Movie” instead … I heard it’s pretty funny.