Get Out evokes mixed feelings from viewers


Lily Smith

Attention: Spoilers Ahead

Get Out, a mystery/thriller, is the hottest movie out right now. Written and directed by Jordan Peele, the movie tells the story of Rose (played by Allison Williams) and her boyfriend Chris’s (played by Daniel Kaluuya) trip to meet her parents. The movie has gotten impressive reviews, 8.3/10 on IMDb and 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and exhibits extreme white racism.

Dean and Missy, the parents of Rose, kidnap black people and place the conscience of elder whites into their head and hypnotize them so that they will perform as their servants. At the flash of a picture, the black people break out of the hypnosis and briefly snap back to their regular selves. In the end, Chris escapes with the help of his old friend, police officer Rod, after killing almost all of Rose’s family.

The movie is brilliantly produced. There is not a moment during the movie when you are bored or disinterested; the action keeps coming and the audience is left sitting at the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next. The movie contains so many twists that one would never expect, adding to the greatness of the thriller.

In addition, the movie sheds light on white racism against blacks. Unlike a lot of other movies, Get Out doesn’t have a “white savior” who saves the day, but rather a black protagonist who manages to save his own life.

The movie begins with an innocent white family, who seems completely normal, but with the entry of a black male, they show their true colors. What most don’t realize is that this can be an accurate representation of current events.

In a time of such racism, releasing a movie that displays white racism gives viewers a breath of fresh air from reality. Chris becomes a very likeable character as the movie develops and everyone seems to end up rooting for him and against Rose and her family. Although Get Out is very unrealistic, viewers can easily connect what happens in our world today to the extremity of the movie’s plot.

People have very mixed feelings about the movie; some approve of the reversed racism, where blacks become the hero of the story, while some are strongly against it. Peele revealed that the movie contains a hidden metaphor relating to liberal-minded people.

“Liberal-minded folks proclaim their love for people of color so much that they objectify them while keeping them at arm’s distance,” Peele said.

In the end, I would highly recommend Get Out to everyone! Not only does the movie supply viewers with intense action and mystery throughout the entire film, but also everyone comes away with an important lesson learned and a new look at racism in reality.