A few months ago, I was shown this trailer for a movie that shows a black guy and his white girlfriend on this meet-the-parents-turned-messy kind of movie. I liked it but wasn’t feeling it that much because it looked like just another try at making a horror movie, with the race issue commentary to probably lure people to it. A few months later, a whopping 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and critical acclaim alongside a good word-of-mouth, I thought of eventually seeing it, that I last-minute ditched Beauty and the Beast (which I actually anticipated months ago, but I can still see it later on).
(Note: I will be using black and white here because that’s what they used in the movie. Also, moderate spoilers!)
Not to give away details, this is not a typical movie addressing racism – borrowing the words of Rebecca Bunch – the situation’s a lot more nuanced than that. There were a lot of symbolism related to the struggles of the African American that a lot of movie reviewers have pointed out (you can check some of those videos on YouTube), but that is just one element that made the story well-woven, just like a perfectly-stitched head.
The characters were quite effective in portraying their roles. Aside from the gut-wrenching acting by Chris, the”servant” Georgina stood out for me as she provided a lot of the much-needed tension in the movie, alongside the whole Armitage family. The humor provided by Chris’ friend didn’t look totally ridiculous and blended into the movie.
After watching the movie, the first thing that came to mind is it looked like it came out of the Black Mirror universe. Not only because Daniel Kaluuya was the main lead in the episode 15 Million Merits, but the whole concept of it (sans the modern technology aspect) is not out of place with the episodes’ themes.
With that said, the movie seemed predictable to me that I only flinched in the more intense scenes, and for some, the movie might be a slow burn. Nevertheless, the cohesive story still won me over, eventually resolving every loophole by the end of the movie. Speaking of the ending, that was for me a really good call as it didn’t leave a bad taste in the mouth after all those intense scenes.
The movie was simple aesthetic-wise, and will surely be an inspiration for a lot of movies within and outside the genre. The music surprised me – aside from the African-tinged tunes, the inclusion of Childish Gambino’s Redbone (that I already love) was a winner, that I sang along to it during the opening scenes.
The discussion of the addressed issue will go on, but the near-perfect Get Out is serving as another camera flash that will help enlighten people on what the situation really is. The movie doesn’t have answers, but it is trying to push us to find them. And in everything we do, stay woke, guys!
Rating: 9 mushroom cans/10 bowls