In the Home Theater: Get Out
Yeah, this review has some soft spoilers. You've been warned.
This is going to suck. Like, totally. Because people are going to think that I am throwing shade at something I shouldn't. But I always insist that I ascribe a number to a thing that I review, to establish where it sits in my overall continuum of the things that I like. Or Don't. So let's get this over with.
Get Out just recently dropped on digital release. I personally grabbed it from the PlayStation Store and viewed it on one of my 32" Vizio TV's that I use as displays in the Geek Command Center via my PlayStation 4. Get Out is by one half of one of my favorite comedy duos, Jordan Peele of Key and Peele. It is the story of an African American male in a relationship with a Caucasian woman who goes home with her to meet her family. Once there in the ultra-suburbs of some Northeastern town, things go sideways and horrific calamity ensues.
Let me say a few things right from get. I am African-American. And male. I am married to a Caucasian woman. And I like this movie. But there are several things that I think people think about this movie that I don't.
The film kind of echoes the M. Night Shyamalan format. But it is not as well-formed. I know there are a lot of people that don't like his films. I don’t like every single one of his flicks. But there are a few that I think are done well. This movie is similar, but the production quality is not as high in my opinion. That may have been due to budget. The film was made for $4.5 million. The budget for The Sixth Sense was $55 million in comparison. The budget for The Village was $111.6 million. I'm just sayin'.
I do not think that this film is some big huge social commentary on race relations and interracial relationships. Mainly because the murderous intent that eventually unfolds kind of wipes away any serious commentary that was perhaps made in the first half of the movie. That turns all of the Caucasians in the film into caricatures that cannot be viewed as realistic in their views of African Americans. It turns them into, I don’t know, satirical facsimiles of real people. And their whole tact is decidedly not about hate. Sure, they subjugate the African-Americans they imprison to something worse than slavery. But it is not out of seeing them as inferior. I guess you could say that they feel that their minds and souls are unworthy of anything but enslavement, but there are also some admissions of superiority of the race in certain factors. I am not saying that I think African-Americans are superior; I am characterizing my interpretation of their perception.
The things that I disliked about the film? It is really slow in terms of pacing for the first hour. I also really disliked the scene with the cops and Rod. It was a bit too predictable. It would have been a bit more creative to actually have one of the cops believe him. I was actually hoping that one of the cops would have been working a case of disappearing African-Americans and pulled Rod to the side and taken up the crusade to save Chris with him. Some of the re-emergence of the African-American personas were also a bit too slick. Like when Chris flashes Walter and his subjugated persona immediately resurfaces. That guy would have been under (in the Sunken Place) for decades. The notion that the persona would have immediately resurfaced, assumed control, and been able to shoot Rose, the other persona's grand daughter, so easily and quickly was a bit much. It should have been more of a struggle than the younger male who that happens with earlier in the film who had only been assimilated for six months. I also did not get the relevance of the whole deer thing. It seems like a throwaway reference and did not serve to move the story along.
The twist in what was really going on was good. I was thinking that they were just hypnotized and brain-washed African-Americans converted to serve the community like slaves. The Coagulation was significantly more than that. I also liked the fact that Rose was in on it. Her position in the whole thing was the real shoe that I was waiting to drop. I wind up labelling her as the real villain in the whole thing. The others were bad enough, but the fact that she was seducing African-American males into traveling to the community and then turning them over to be assimilated was perhaps the biggest evil in the story.
And there is my one concession that there is a viable lesson to be taken away from the whole. Young males, regardless of color, need to be careful. You need to really vet your mates and ensure that everything is on the up-and-up and square before you turn your life, or any portion of it, over to another human being. Women do to, but I am unable to comment knowledgeably about the female experience, so I am only commenting on what I know and have experienced. At least Rod knew where Chris was and was able to react to the possibility that his friend was in trouble. Keep that in your hat and do the same. And for my brothers, don’t stop at bars with gravel parking lots. Peace.