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Movie Review: ‘Get Out’ reveals cultural truths, social issues

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Shavonne Rogers
Staff Writer

Do not go into this movie thinking that it is just another thriller: it has a much deeper meaning than people initially thought.

“Get Out” is about black lives in America. Pay attention to every detail, because nothing happens on accident.

The movie is so detailed that each camera angle serves a purpose. Pay attention to every single word that characters say. If you don’t piece it together during the movie, you will piece it together afterward.

“Get Out” stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man, and Allison Williams as Rose, a white woman, who are in an interracial relationship. After four months of dating, Rose decides that it is time to bring Chris home to meet her family. Chris is nervous, and asks Rose if they know he is black. She says they don’t need to know because they are not racist.

When they arrive, the family members make racially ignorant statements to Chris and have a black maid, Georgina, and a black groundskeeper, Walter.

Chris notices and brushes some of the comments off, but he cannot get past the disturbing looks and mannerisms that Georgina and Walter exhibit.

As the weekend goes on, Chris’ suspicions grow, leading him to the truth.

“Get Out” is informative and touches on deep issues in the black community that unfortunately still exist today: slavery, appropriation, the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, police brutality and other hardships black people face. For individuals with a passion for social issues and the black community, “Get Out” is a movie you must see.

Everyone should take this movie and dissect exactly what writer and director Jordan Peele is trying to say about being black.

“Get Out” is Peele’s directorial debut. Known for his role in the Comedy Central series “Key and Peele,” he also wrote the screenplay. Despite his background in comedy, “Get Out” is a thriller.

However, there is some comic relief in the movie. TSA agent Rod Williams, played by Lil Rey Howery, was Chris’ good friend and always gave the audience a good laugh in the midst of the terror.

I loved that you could see Peele’s comedic side come out through this character.

In an interview with Screen Junkies, Peele spoke about the movie’s theme of racism.

“The exotification and the love of the black body and culture is just as twisted a form of racism as the darker more violent forms of racism. It’s all a piece of the same thing,” Peele said.

The movie currently has a rating of 99 percent from Rotten Tomatoes and is playing in theaters everywhere.

Shavonne Rogers can be reached at shavonne.rogers@laverne.edu.

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