By Timothy Chan ‘18
The film Get Out is a true thrill ride of twists on the many horror movie tropes that audiences have come to know and love.
The unusual blend of thriller, horror, and comedy sounds like a low budget film aiming to make a quick buck at the box office. However, Get Out has found the perfect harmony between the three categories as lighter-hearted laughter suddenly shifts to a sense of gut-wrenching terror. From the graphic murder sequences to the subtle remarks towards racism in the modern world, makes Get Out a unique film. Although the film is not fit for family viewing, any horror fan should definitely watch it because of the new take on the horror genre.
“Get Out invoked a lot of thought regarding racial issues within society and the interactions between races in the point of view of the writer and director Jordan Peele,” Ethan Tom’18 said.
Get Out revolves around the protagonist Chris Washington, a black man, with his girlfriend Rose Armitage, a white woman, and their visit to her parent’s home in the suburbs. At first the scene of the happy couple meeting the parents could be mistaken as a romantic comedy, but this leads the audience into a false sense of security. The interactions between Chris and Rose’s parents, Dean and Missy Armitage, begin to display the social race issues of today. Through the tone and body language, viewers are able to see the vision the director Jordan Peele had in mind when envisioning a black man visiting a stereotypical white man family. Now this scenario may not seem scary just a simple awkward misunderstanding between races is what it may seem on the surface. But, the film’s extreme representation of a black man’s white nightmare is to not trying to send a message of “fear white people,” but to be relatable scenario to minorities.
“As with comedy, I feel like horror and the thriller genre is a way, one of the few ways, that we can address real life horrors and social injustices in an entertaining way,” Jordan Peele said in an interview with Scott Mendelson from Forbes mgazine.
The film not only uses its horror as a form of entertainment, but builds upon it by showing extreme versions of everyday occurrences that can be just like a horror film. Such as a scene in the trailer for Get Out, Chris asks Rose “Do they know I’m black?” This scene alone shows that racism is still prominent in society even when it’s not openly expressed, subtle things such as the need to ask such a question is one of the smaller issues Mr. Peele is displaying. In another scene in the trailer, Chis and Rose get into a car accident and when the authorities arrive, they begin to question Chris, although he was not the one driving the vehicle. The situation is all too real for some as this scene raises the issue of many minorities as they are wrongfully accused of things just because of their race.
Get Out is a must see film for this generation not only because of it’s incredibly acting and intriguing storyline but as well as the social messages that it sends to the audience. Through the use of imagery and symbolism, Get Out does not just leave the viewers at the edge of their seats but with a different perspective on the way minorities are treated. Overall, the film is a breath of fresh air in the horror industry and can be viewed more than once because of the many layers of symbolism. Sadly the film is rated R so for those juniors with an early birthdate you are all in luck but, for the others have a parent take you hopefully they enjoy it too.