Get Out (2017) – You’re Welcome

There is an experience of how we treat someone only because of racial differences. Apart from putting aside the racism, there are other ways how we treat them. Such as by treating them very special so that they feel uncomfortable. We try not to be racist for any reason. But, then it returns to how we treat such a person. In addition, we know Jordan Peele as a sketch comedian. “Key and Peele” besides “Studio C” is one of my favorite internet web sketches. But, what if Peele switches out his character? Just as Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, or Bill Murray, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” managed to become the director’s best directing debut.

Jordan Peele is one of the many directors who has also managed to raise a serious theme. Racism is an everyday concept whether it’s a movie or in reality. Of the many, Jordan Peele combined horror and comedy into one satire filled with symbolism. “Get Out,” tells the story of a black photographer, Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington. With his thick British accent, he is in a relationship with Allison Williams as Rose Armitage. Rose never told her parents that her boyfriend was a black person. At the same time, Chris felt awkward about that.

They then came to meet Rose’s parents at a private residence. Having relationships between races isn’t such easy. It’s not ours that feels awkward but the society and people who judge us. That also applies to both of them. The good news, Rose’s parents are not that racist. Chris was so happy about that. Then, he saw something strange. The way the Rose family treats Chris is so overreacting. They don’t see from the side of empathy or humanity. Instead, they see Chris like a valuable “asset” or “treasure.” The warmth turned into an uncomfortable situation. Black people other than Chris, Marcus Henderson as Walter and Betty Gabriel as Georgina, as if an “android” with an empty look.

Horror is not always a taboo of the genre itself. To think of horror as a movie with the theme of Satanism, jumpscare, or possessed is really ridiculous. But, how can you combine horror and comedy into a new genre? Jordan Peele was indeed inspired by Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” about someone who was in an uncomfortable situation. Just like the film, “Get Out” emphasizes a racial satire with a stunning twist. This is what I like about horror where human psychology used as a game. These films sometimes lead to fear and abnormal feelings about the dark side of humanity or society. Moreover, this is a serious matters film.

In addition to being a director, Peele shows a compelling horror narrative. Fear of each scene is then so interesting, funny, but very offensive to social views. So many satire moments that make us laugh irony. It’s a fact we laugh with it. Horror is not always scary. This is over-the-top from writing and directing that is so extraordinary. I mean, M. Night Shyamalan has a lot of imagination in his mind. Or David Lynch with his wild imagination. And “The Shining” as one of the best horror movies all times. Unlike them, “Get Out” is out of its comfort zone and plays in sensitive zones. For audiences other than those outside of America, we see this film from a different perspective. But for America itself, this is really serious.

There is a scene that is really offensive but I really feel it too. It then came a feeling that was so surprised but I didn’t know what it was. While the first scene was opened with a gloomy and narrow atmosphere, Peele’s directing was truly original. But, I want to talk about the relationship between cops and black people. There is a scene when Chris and Rose were on their way. They then hit a deer. This Jordan Peele as a deer also has a symbolism where the deer becomes an easter egg in the next scene. But, I want to put it aside.

Rose is the person who drives the car. However, the police didn’t believe in Chris. For some reason, the police wanted to ask for Chris’s identification card. Rose refused. Why do you have to ask for something important where the person isn’t really guilty? Are there other reasons? However, Chris immediately relented while Rose defended him. One of the most attached scenes is as well included in one of the best endings ever. The way Jordan Peele executed the ending was truly spectacular. There is an alternative ending where I just feel scared but there is a sense of horror that is so attached. Talking about this film seems to be full of intense. It well-developed, it builds up makes you feel satisfied in every duration.

The writing of this film is so great. Full of symbolism and metaphor, this film is more than just analysis. At one time, characterization and actors are so complex. Daniel Kaluuya shows a very complex character. With his thick British accent, Chris could be a racist character too. We seem to know prejudice leads us to a trap we cannot avoid. Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Derek Vinyard from “American History X” are a great resemblance to Chris Washington. Their similarity directed at the bad prejudice that gave them hate whether from inner or outer. Then, they fell into the trap. Derek Vinyard realized that not all black people were always bad. Atticus Finch realized that prejudice gave a sufficient mind not to see it from the outside. Chris realized if special treatment was another purpose.

Allison Williams as Rose shows such a fantastic performance. Lil Rel Howery as Rod Williams is also our most favorite character in this film. He acts as comic relief and becomes a friend of Chris. In addition, he is also a character who has sympathy compared to other his police friends. Nobody believes him. In fact, no one wants or wants to believe a ridiculous thing. This was then again covered by frequent cases related to blacks. As if, they don’t really care what’s related to itself. We learn how to share feelings with other people is really difficult. Moreover, we’re so afraid to be someone else. In essence, we are all racists but there is an exception. Socialization and environment are the two main factors that gave us racism.

There is a strange feeling when finished watching this film. I learned how racist people are and how brat someone was, we know that we’re all racists. “Get Out” is a combination of horror and comedy describes a weird feeling and satire of social issues. The ability of Jordan Peele to work on horror as a satirical dark comedy is truly inherent. The tone of this film is not perfect. Its tones sometimes change. Even though I know this is serious yet funny, there are so many sequences that are difficult to distinguish between them. Or maybe, it’s a combination of the two.

The “No, No, No” scene and the running scene were one of them. Great performance, great directing, great writing, this is a pure horror film but funny. Then, it changed to serious matters. In retrospective, “Get Out” is an illustration of an uninvited guest at a party.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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