‘Get Out’ and See This Film

The shattering glass represents how quickly a horrific event can take place in this film.

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The shattering glass represents how quickly a horrific event can take place in this film.

Mikayla Barstow, Santa Fe Staff Writer

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Within the opening weekend, horror/thriller movie Get Out drew in an impressive $33.3 million. Within a month, it jumped up to $150.5 million, making it one of the most popular movies of February. Throughout this film, there are key points that make it more advanced and groundbreaking than the usual horror movies we see today. The director Jordan Peele included an immense amount of foreshadowing, suspense, and most importantly, the underlying theme of racism.

Along with Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), the audience will be on edge during the film due to the never ending hints of loss of  Chris’ control. Missy, Rose’s mother (Catherine Keener), surprises Chris by forcing him to try a session of hypnosis to fix his smoking habit. Once Chris cannot move during the session with Missy, he begins to appear like a deer in the headlights, where he is taken to the “Sunken Place.” The audience can see why hitting a deer in the beginning of the movie plays a large part in foreshadowing.

Halfway into the film there is an annual party that Rose’s parents are holding and Rose claims she forgot about this party and “coincidentally” brought Chris during the same weekend. While watching this scene, it is obvious that Rose had some knowing of the party, even if it’s subtle and can easily be passed off as nothing. During the party Chris learns that all of the guests are white and there are only three African Americans on the property, showing a hint of racism. One man who had been missing named Parker Dray, (Lakeith Stanfield), came to the party accompanying an older Caucasian woman. Stanfield’s acting is bland in this scene as his sentences are short and doesn’t react well to what is going on around him, which is surprisingly brilliant compared to later in the scene.

When Chris reaches for his phone to take a picture of  Parker to send to his friend Rod Williams, (LilRel Howery), in hopes that he is able to identify him due to his noteworthy familiarity. Parker’s eyes are shown as if something had faded and it sends Parker into a frenzy making him yell “get out,” and is the complete opposite as his character just moments before. There isn’t much animation throughout the film, but this subtle animation makes a large impact.

Racism comes into play when Rose and Chris go on a walk and the family and guests have a silent auction and sell Chris to the highest bidder. At first it’s confusing why the party is outside, but it becomes clear when they are shown holding up cards and Rose’s father is holding up his hand to show price. While racism is shown in previous scenes, this becomes as a shock for the audience seeing it become so clear.  If the audience hadn’t already noticed the racism, this scene is straight forward.

Like most horror films, the protagonist has to fight his way out and there are scenes that include graphic surgery, stabbing and someone gushing blood after being shot. The good news about the graphic scenes is that the director doesn’t go overboard with the blood, which can be easy to do in horror films.

After graphic violence, Chris’ comedic friend Rod comes to the rescue. Rod, who bragged that he was right all along about the creepy family, acts as the cliché comedic relief.

Overall, Get Out will keep you on the edge on your seats throughout the movie. The acting doesn’t become clichè and it flows nicely as there are no unneeded scenes. While a large point in the movie is racism, anyone who loves suspense will want to “Get Out” to the theater and see this movie.

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