So I watched Get Out without a clear idea of what to expect. All I really knew for sure was that is was a horror/comedy movie about race. Initially, this compelled me to watch the movie because a movie like this had never been created before (not that I know of anyway). I feel like movies nowadays are pretty much ALWAYS the same. An example I’ll give is Wonderwoman. Don’t get me wrong, Wonderwoman is a good movie, but what struck a chord with me was the “love” aspect. I feel like there’s a pressure for directors to nearly always include a relationship between the main characters. You really don’t need it. Yes, I guess it makes the movie seem more realistic, but at the same time it diminishes the worth or value of what the movie is really trying to portray to the viewer. Obviously, if it’s a romantic movie then this would be inevitable. If its an action movie, for example, I think the action is enough. You don’t need the main characters to have a 5-minute make-out scene. You really don’t.
Back to why Get Out is a movie everyone should watch… it’s because it highlights real situations that real people go through. This is done through the perspective of Chris (the protagonist). Racism is a very current issue which I believe needs to be addressed a hell of a lot more than it is. Jordan Peele (director) does this so well without it having the feel of a serious movie that makes it hard for the viewer to relate to it because they are too busy trying to uncover what’s going on. The movie is tense, but the horror and comedy aspect brings it to a level where you understand and acknowledge the racism that is taking place in a way that doesn’t dramatically throw it in your face. Also, this was Jordan Peele’s first movie and it certainly did not seem this way. I think this comes from the fact that he could relate to this movie on a much deeper level because he’s black, but also because he clearly knows what he’s doing! This movie beautifully executes the awkwardness black people feel when seemingly harmless comments are hurled towards us. I love how Jordan Peele stated in an interview the fact that when these comments are made, most of the time it is with good intentions. It’s a way of finding common ground, but the movie makes clear that it doesn’t come across in this way. I highly recommend this movie to everyone because it’s an amazing movie displaying very real issues but in a way that makes it intriguing and also fun to watch. It hopefully opens eyes to the fact that racism can sometimes also occur without the intention of being racist. I resonated with Chris so much, and I hope that people watching would come to realise how racism can so easily be avoided if both sides clearly understood how the other is feeling.