Universal Pictures latest film is a “social thriller” called Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele-which happens to be his directorial debut.
The movie centers around a young black photographer Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and his white girlfriend Rose, played by Allison Williams, who are preparing to meet her parents for the first time. He is worried because she has yet to tell her parents that she is dating a black man, but she assures him that everything will be okay. The parents Dean and Missy, played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener, seem nice at first, but Chris begins to gain a weird vibe from them. Rewind to the opening scene of the movie, where we see a black man, played by LaKeith Stanfield, lost in a suburb late at night as he is being followed by a car. The man attempts to stray away, but a masked man exits the car, knocks him unconscious and drags him into the trunk. As we continue to watch the movie, we learn that tis masked man is Rose’s brother Jeremy, played by Caleb Landry Jones. The family is at serious fault of serially kidnapping and brainwashing African-Americans into servility.
The movie made $33.4 million, finishing first at the box office, and critics are calling it a huge leap forward for African-Americans. After all, the movie is the first horror picture directed by an African-American ever financed by a major Hollywood studio. So why was this movie so good, and seems to be what everyone is talking about?
Well, Get Out, emphasizes racism, slavery, and the trauma of black life in society today. The sub-genre of this film, “social thriller”, depicts society as the villain-and I’m sure we can all agree on that when it comes to racism. Peele wanted to stress the true fear blacks have, including himself through personal experiences. Peele stated to The New Yorker he used to date a white women, who didn’t tell her parents he was black, so he was nervous when visiting her house for the first time.
The movie critics what we call “West Wing Liberals” who consider themselves to be allies in such movements against racism, but do more harm than good. These white racist liberals will continuously state they are not racists, but their actions prove otherwise. Peele has successfully portrayed white suburbia and their racist tendencies in a daring and provocative way.
We live in a society where racism is scarier than ever-we have police brutality happening all over the country, and our president is Donald Trump…the name itself speaks volumes. However, not everyone is completely aware of everything that goes on in this country, due to fake news or different ideological beliefs. I think Peele’s intentions was to show American our hard reality, and what better way than through one of America’s favorite forms of media.
Could the genre of “social thriller” be making a comeback thanks to Peele, or will America continue to act oblivious to society’s faults?