First of all, this blog has some spoilers, so you’ve been warned! Read ahead at your own risk.
I’ve been trying to watch Get Out for awhile, until Keegan reminded me to check HBO downstairs. We set aside a Tuesday night two weeks ago to watch it, the same night Buddy’s herniated disc absorbed our time and attention. Get Out got put on the back burner yet again until this last Friday night.
Keegan and I sat down not knowing what exactly to expect. I knew three things: The girlfriend was in on it, they’re trying to kill him (or so I thought) and the film was nominated for three Oscars and won Best Original Screenplay. My coworker mentioned something of the “Sunken Place” at work last week, and I laughed lightly, not having any clue what he was talking about. When he said “It’s a scene in Get Out”, I replied “Oh, we’re watching that this weekend!”
The tone of the movie was so different from expected. Get Out feels like a B grade horror movie, retro and yet relevant. Viewers are walked through the movie unsure of what’s happening besides Chris (the protagonist) spending the weekend with his girlfriend, Rose and her family. The unraveling of a mystery meets horror meets sci-fi plot leads to Chris fighting for his life, initially believing Rose is on his side, but she isn’t.
It’s too much to explain, but damn we loved this movie.What stood out to us from the get-go was liberal racism. Rose’s Dad’s insidious comments about voting for O’bama for a third term and other relative’s remarks reminded me of some things we’ve heard people in Fort Collins say before.
Also, the nod to cultural appropriation marked the one major theme I noticed in the movie that the first three sites I googled to learn more about the movie failed to mention. I had to specifically search Get Out Cultural Appropriation to find this reference:
Rose’s relatives comment on how strong and fast Chris must be, pointing out his positive attributes related to ethnicity. These people want what they can’t have, and thus, we have to wonder if Chris will make it out alive.
So many things about this movie blew my mind. The irony of the black guy surviving, everyone rooting for the black guy and outwitting the crazies in the end; it’s almost too much to bear. This movie is so smart, it hurts. From the blind guy (an eye for an eye) and the cameras (how they capture police brutality these days), symbolism abounds.
When Chris’ best friend Lil Rel Howery persists in his search efforts and brings his concerns to the cops, they laugh as if he’s losing his mind. It reminded me of the times my clients in Nashville called for assistance, and no one showed up. Their pleas for help fell on deaf ears. I suspect this isn’t uncommon in areas stricken with poverty and crime across the nation, but it’s unacceptable nonetheless. From improving community relations to increasing funding and training for our police departments, something’s got to give.
I thoroughly enjoyed the connection between the dead deer in the road, Chris’ Mom’s death in the road and how Rose ultimately dies in the road, as well. You can’t deny the abandonment theme and how Chris does his best to save everyone he can, but no one comes to save him besides his one true friend.
The ending to the movie had me yelling at the t.v. The woman in the car (Grandma) has gone crazy. Chris wrecks the car. It appears Chris could meet his fate the way so many men of color do these days: Being shot to death in the car. But he manages to escape, and Grandpa is sent to attack. Chris takes a picture. Grandpa then turns on Rose and shoots her with the gun she casually hands to him to finish off Chris. Grandpa then turns the gun on himself. I haven’t read any interpretations online regarding the suicide. If I had to guess, maybe Grandpa figured he was better off dead than facing the repercussions for killing a white woman. Or maybe he just felt remorse.
In any case, Chris is left in the road with a dead black man and a white woman with a gunshot wound. Rose reaches for the gun but Chris takes it away. He’s trying to strangle Rose to death as the cops arrive on the scene. Chris, appearing completely dejected and defeated, stands with his hands up.
This is where my heart sank. Naturally, viewers are led to believe that Chris is about to be arrested for homicide and a nonfatal gunshot wound. But no! It’s his friend, Lil Rel! This marked the best twist of all to me in the entire movie. I hollered out, “Oh my God! No he didn’t!!!” I couldn’t believe the direction Jordan Peele took this movie.
The irony of a white woman gushing over Get Out while also referencing cultural appropriation isn’t lost on me. So I’ll keep this short.
I absolutely loved Get Out and recommend everyone stop what you’re doing and go watch it now.
I did some research on Friday and wanted to share a few links. We didn’t catch so much of the symbolism upon the first watch; I imagine we’ll review it again soon to see if there’s any other connections we missed.