“Get Out” premiered in theatres Feb. 24, and ever since, it has been the movie everyone has been talking about. The director and producer put a satirical spin on a classic horror movie plot. “Get Out” ingeniously uses common archetypes and themes from horror movies to reveal truths about past and present racism.
The movie features interracial couple Chris and Rose, who decide to visit Rose’s white family. This is a bit unsettling for Chris, because Rose says she has never brought a black man home with her.
Once the couple arrives at Rose’s family’s house, nothing seems too out of the ordinary until Chris meets the black groundskeeper and the maid. Chris attempts to converse with them, but quickly discovers the two seem very docile and do not have much of a personality.
Later, Rose’s parents have their friends and family over. Everyone in attendance is white and older than Chris, so he feels a bit out of place. Everyone makes comments about his race, yet are not necessarily being discriminatory. They even make sure to mention that they voted for Obama, which is very similar to the, “I’m not racist, I have black friends” mentality of modern- day closeted racism. However, the comments make Chris uncomfortable. He sees that one of the ladies has a black husband, Logan, and decides to go say hello. Chris mentions it’s nice to see someone else like him there, but Logan seems confused by this statement.
Outside, the family asks how Chris feels being a black man in today’s world. He passes the question onto Logan, who insists he does not feel discrimination. Chris finds this odd and attempts to take a photo of Logan. When the flash on Chris’ phone goes off, Logan goes into a panic. He lunges toward Chris and yells for him to, “GET OUT!” in a completely different type of personality than was portrayed earlier.
There are many hidden messages within the movie that are very well planned, including the fact that Chris is a black protagonist — which is rarely seen in horror movies — yet it would take the unveiling of the entirety of the plot in order to explain them all. The movie, and it’s satirical take on modern day racism, is a must-see for everyone.