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Get Up and Go See "Get Out" (or not)
Uncomfortable would be the root of horror. This film is genius
The film, “Get Out” has received a lot of attention lately. Mainly because of comedian star, Jordan Peele, has crossed over from comedy to horror/thriller. This film could have either gone completely great for the comedic actor or horribly wrong and ruin his career. I applaud the risk he has taken being an African American myself. I viewed this film as…..interesting at best. The creativity in this film is solid, I’ve seen a similar type of film called, “The Martyrs” which was rather gruesome but had a similar point.
Without much movie ruining spoilers (I promise) this movie didn’t hold back any punches. If you see the film in a more diverse theater; the real fun in this film begins. Listening to fellow movie viewers reactions to uncomfortable moments in a horror/thriller film was rather intriguing. Race relations that wasn’t considered a joke was mainly perceived as hilarious to crowd. Which left me wondering; Is it because the director is Jordan Peele and his body of work places him in a hysterical box? Or do people of the opposite race find it hilarious to downplay the uncomfortable moments in the film? This movie hands down had plenty of real life moments that African Americans tend to go through when surrounded by predominant Caucasians.
MILD SPOILER ALERT…I LIED
The movie stretched certain scenes longer then needed to be. Several examples that bothered me the most: Early in the film when the deer was hit. When the main character, Chris, decides to examine what he hit. I felt that the length of the scene was to long. When it came together at the end it wasn’t that deep of a situation for the scene to play out so long. I’m aware that he had a passion for photography but it got rather annoying. I felt that the scene could have been better. Instead of searching for a jump scare that didn’t fit the film, they should have had Chris aware that the deer was standing on the side of the road and then took a dive to get hit. This would make more sense on why he wanted to look at the animal as long as he did.
Going for a smoke? “African American man” running full sprints late night randomly not acknowledging Chris? We then see threw Chris’s eyes the “African American woman” staring at the man as he ran full sprints in the middle of the night. Chris later has a night mare of his lady’s mom “getting in his head” There were so many uncomfortable moments in this film that would convince a character to leave. This is a common flaw in Blumhouse Productions (the company who gave us Paranormal Activity) it starts to be painful to watch because of the constant lack of commons sense. In other words, “Get Out” of this situation!
Certain characters had little to know purpose in the film. I felt as if certain characters were placed in the film for either comic relief or to make viewers more uncomfortable then they already were. I did not care much for the officer asking for Chris’s ID scene. This character also made the trailer release for the film. Because of how important his role was in that time of the movie, he should have been at the house later in the film bidding for Chris. Another example: TSA visiting the police. They could have at least believed him for the ending. I appreciated the appearance of Erika Alexander in the film but I didn’t like the use of that one scene and nothing more.
Last but not least, the ending after going through so much life changing horrors the car conversation. Why have these conversations now? Why not talk and drive, why not call the police and drive, and why hasn’t Chris freaked out yet? SO MANY QUESTIONS! I felt as if something else was about to occur. Maybe the friend was one of them the entire time. It ended up being another stretched out scene that happened throughout the entire film.
Done with Spoilers
We’ve have yet to have appreciate a African American leading in horror films. And for one to murder whites in America? Yeah keep dreaming. This film creative to the point you understand why this is happening. Ironically whites at the theater cheered Chris on throughout the film. That acknowledgement made this film groundbreaking to the future of America. Jordan Peele mentioned racism doesn’t exist in this genre. This was brilliant to even place together. Racism is a horrible reality. We’ve witness murder, rape, kidnapping, stalking, corruption, and anarchy but never racism in horror films. This was genius of an idea because racism would be considered a horror. Overall with the flaws of stretched out scene, the rushed ending, the pointless characters, the agony of watching Blumhouse productions aid in completely obliterating common sense! This movie was a solid 8. I’d definitely would watch it again/own it.