Critique Point: ‘Get Out’

By Lara Owolabi

I usually watch trailers to films I want to see (because who doesn’t love a little anticipation before watching a movie?) but, for Get Out, I didn’t watch any of the trailers. Honestly, this one time, I’m glad I didn’t.

Before we get into this review, I would just like to say EVERYTHING about this horror-satirical film has a meaning. In its simplest form, the film is about an African American male, his white girlfriend and their interesting (to say the least) weekend trip to her hometown. I totally recommend this film and, if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it before you read my amazing review!

The first five minutes of the film are essential and add a bit of a backstory which, at the time, won’t make much sense, but the meaning will soon be revealed! Having missed the first five minutes the first time I watched this film, I will admit I was a bit confused later on when my friends got super excited over a particular character.

Get Out is an eye-opener for how twisted individuals can be, and the movie uses racism to highlight how black people are portrayed as admirable, yet still seen as lower class. The film came out around the same time that there was a lot of injustice happening against African Americans in the US, so it could be said that Get Out intentionally sends a message out to the world.

It’s not a film where the racism subtly builds up but, instead, is a slap in the face enlaced with comedy, and this allows the film to be less intense and actually makes certain scenes hilarious. However, being a person of colour meant that I understood some of the scenes more so on a personal level, and this made the film even better for me and my friends — the best films are the ones where you can relate to it, as it means you have a better understanding of what’s going on.

I’m not going to lie; the ending of the film really threw me off, and this is mainly because it felt like all the intense scenes came right at the end, and then it was over. A particularly intense moment is the last scene involving the main character, Chris, with his hands up where you think, “NO! He’s going to get arrested!” but it turns out it’s his police officer friend who steps out of the police car.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: in the original ending, Chris was supposed to get arrested because that’s how it often ended for people of colour in real life facing the police. However, the writer thought too much of that was already going on, and the film needed a happy ending. Plus, you don’t expect it which makes it even better.

Get Out will take you on a wild trip, and it’s a real eye-opener to social situations still going on right now. These situations need to be addressed and hard topics are not meant to be ‘swept under the carpet’: they’re supposed to be aired out! Get Out does this, and it’s definitely worth the watch and is a film that will always be on my list of favourites.

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Critique Point: ‘Get Out’