Get Out

get-out-photo.jpgGet Out was good. It was really good. It was an extremely effective multidimensional suspense thriller. However, these positives just sort of disappear once we get to the last fifteen minutes of the film. This is not intended to be a harsh criticism but more of an observation. I honestly very much enjoyed the movie. If it weren’t for the ending, I would say this movie was nearly perfect. However, the ending does leave much to be desired. Let’s talk about the positives first.

Clearly, this movie was about race relations, and how we have historically (and, unfortunately, all too often in the present) handled this topic with reprehensible behaviors. While improvements have been made, we are nowhere near done, yet. Movies about race relations have been made previously (The Help and 12 Years a Slave jump out from recent films), but I am not aware of any horror movies about race. Truth be told, this is a clever idea. The conversation about race is a heavy topic, so it feels right at home being in a heavy movie. In this respect, Get Out succeeded wildly.

I am a white male. While I am an introvert and being around people in general can often make me uncomfortable, I have never felt the discomfort that Chris expressed to Georgina when he lightheartedly stated that he gets a little uncomfortable when he is around too many white people. Now, I am not sure if this is intentional or not, but Get Out made me feel uncomfortable. For a full hour and thirty-five minutes, I was extremely uncomfortable. If this was intentional, then that is absolutely genius. If not, well, it doesn’t really matter, because the movie still served its purpose. I have never much considered how a person of color could potentially be uncomfortable in such a setting as the party (what a dreadfully incompetent word for what it truly was) at the house. As soon as I realized how uncomfortable I was, I realized how effective the movie had already been. I suppose a person like me could potentially be uncomfortable around too many black people. But, given our past and recent history, I am not sure that I have any particular cause to feel the same way Chris did at the house. Granted, each of those people deemed themselves as superior and used the lives and bodies of black people to “better” (again, dreadful word) themselves. But even if they were not that way, Chris being uncomfortable in his situation seems more understandable than me being uncomfortable in the reverse.

And this was just one (potentially) accidental effect of the movie. From the moment Chris arrived at the Armitage house, he endured some ridiculous treatment. Just talking about the first hour and a half here. Clearly, the last little bit was outrageous, but we will get to that. Rose pointed out how her dad kept calling him “my man” when he has never spoken like that in his life. Mr. Armitage walked Chris around the house while expressing how much of a privilege it was to experience other people’s cultures. Jeremy complimented Chris on his genes and lamented how strong of a fighter Chris could have been if he would have pushed himself, which is a particularly disgusting comment given our past of forcing people of color to fight one another for entertainment. And the comments of the guests at the “party” ranged from bold to downright rude and crude. But Chris just nodded and endured. You got the sense that if he were to react, he would then be in the wrong. So, as he was used to from all of his life (which is an awful thing to get used to), Chris endured these comments and carried on silently. Through scenes such as these, and quite a few more, it seems that Get Out did a great job of showing its audience what it can sometimes be like to live in this world as a person of color.

As previously stated, Get Out was a fantastic thriller for the first hour and thirty-five minutes. The dialogue was clever and meaningful, the acting was some of the best I have seen this year, and the plot was wonderfully suspenseful with the explanations being just out of reach. However, the last fifteen minutes just don’t seem to fit in with the rest of the movie. For almost the entire movie, I just kept asking myself, “What is going on here?” Given the precedent of a well-written, multidimensional movie, I was excitedly anticipating the reveal that was soon to come. But once it arrived, I found myself a bit let down. The entire plot of the movie was explained to us (and Chris) through a TV screen with a video made by Grandfather Armitage. What was not explained in this short scene was filled in quickly by the patient who was to now be Chris. That was it. My hour and thirty-five minutes of suspense explained away in a few minutes by characters I hardly even cared about. From there, this brilliant thriller turned into a needlessly gory ending, but not much more. Admittedly, I do not watch many horror movies; I honestly just get too scared. I may not be the best authority on this, but it seemed like the last fifteen minutes of Get Out played out into a gory end because that is what the audience expects to see when they go to a horror film. While it was satisfying to see Chris win and escape while killing those horrible enough to do what they did, it was equally (if not more) disappointing to see the promise of a fantastic, multi-faceted thriller turn into this gory, one-dimensional ending. Even more, the dialogue was one of the best parts of Get Out, but there was hardly a word said in the last fifteen minutes. Admittedly, Get Out did use the last fifteen minutes to make some very powerful social comments, but I am pretty sure this could have been accomplished using any number of different endings. Overall, Get Out provided us with an hour and thirty-five minutes of a great suspense movie, fifteen minutes of a disappointing ending, and an hour and fifty minutes of exceptional social commentary.

My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. Do you think Get Out accomplished its goal of being a successful social commentary? Unlike my view, did you like the ending? If so, why? If not, what would you have liked to see? Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!

Next week: Beauty and the Beast

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