• Kim C.

"Get Out!" An Analysis.

I had heard about this from other people before I watched the DVD, which I borrowed from a family member. Initially I was expecting a thriller that was going to zero in on racial stereotypes, but I was not expecting to what degree or in what way it achieved it.

"Get Out" focuses on a black man, Chris, and his white girlfriend, Rose, who is bringing him home to meet her parents for the first time. Almost instantly there is tension because he finds out that she hasn't told them he is not white, and he's a little worried about that -- with good reason. When they arrive, the parents don't seem surprised at first as to their daughters choice of boyfriend, but as time goes the things they say and emphasize create an environment of tension and awkwardness.

There is also a get-together happening that weekend, which just means more rich white folk. There are instances of racial stereotype mentioned, like how since Chris is black he should be great at golf, be strong and well endowed, athletic, and represent the voice of reason for all African American people. Not only does this cause an awkward experience, but there is one other black man there who acts strangely.

Throughout the movie, the viewer is shown small scenes showing something sinister is going on behind the main character's back. The family has a secret tradition that has been handed down from the generation before. The father is a neurosurgeon, the mother a psychologist, and the son is going to med school to be just like his dad. Ultimately, Chris finds himself in a hypnotic state, unable to move, and tied to a chair in the basement. (SPOILER ALERT!) He finds out the family has been kidnapping black people for a long time, setting them up with hypnosis, auctioning them off to a rich white person, and then surgically transplanting the white person's brain into the black body. Giving these wealthy white people the chance to be "immortal" with a genetically and physically developed body.

Thankfully, Chris manages to get free and kills the whole family on his way out. However, the ending shown is not the original ending. The original ending showed Chris killing the whole family and then a police car and a cop shoots Chris and kills him. This ending, though probably more realistic with today's times, was removed for fear of backlash.

The movie does tackle racial stereotypes, but it both addresses the absurdity of them and then twists them against the opposite race. To me, this movie reflects "The Skeleton Key" with the idea of immortality through mental and spiritual transcendence into a younger or more usable body. The movie is really well done and I recommend it to anyone.

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