So the talk of the town and the internet right now is the feature film, “Get Out”. If you haven’t gone to see this movie and you’re black, I advise you to take your ass to the theatre and spend the ridiculous amount of money for a ticket ( $13) like the rest of us. What’s so great about “Get Out”? Well, I’ll start by saying that initially from the trailer I saw a few months ago I perceived it to be a comedy. Granted, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I guess the part with the black lady saying, ” No, No, No” repeatedly while smiling awkwardly, hinted comedy to me. Whoops. But, after seeing the trailer again recently I realized that there is far more than meets the eye when it comes to this film. Firstly, Jordan Peele did an amazing job of giving the audience an all around visual experience. The comedic aspects that tend to pop in and out of scenes really lent to the overall vibe. Although this film was clearly created to convey a serious message, I never felt that the content got too heavy. You could be laughing at the silly mannerisms of the characters then the next second you could be on the edge of your chair. There are so many twists and turns to this film but yet and all the viewer never gets lost in the storyline. I especially enjoyed to use of reoccurring props and character backstory throughout the plot (i.e. The teacup, the hit and run, etc). These gems were cleverly and strategically placed without the viewer even recognizing.
Ok, so let’s dive deeper. There is a hidden message in “Get Out”. Ive read so many reviews and there are many different interpretations of what the viewer is supposed to take away. What resonated deepest for me was being the only black one in a room full of white people. Depending on the situation, it can be down right intimidating. Having been employed with my current place of work for almost two years now I know that there are definitely benefits to being the only person of color in a very caucasian establishment. On the other hand there are the downsides. Being completely and utterly misunderstood. Especially when you change your weave and everyone wants to touch it and ask did you cut and/or grow your hair and how you did it so fast. The strange infatuation with black culture that white people have can be insulting, stereotypical, and just plain annoying. I think what the creators of the film were trying to convey is that BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL and the very things they try to criticize and ridicule us for they also try to copy. Although I truly enjoyed it, I hope this film doesn’t cause a deeper divide between the country.