A great movie, you should see it. A great AMERICAN movie that delves into the deepest recesses of the US experience. The racism is reinvented inside the horror genre, and with a modern twist to push it over the top.
I caught it in the second-run theater. When I arrived, on a Thursday night, it was surprisingly packed. The lobby, I mean. But when I finally entered the theater, I found that I was the only patron. I had the entire room to myself. My predominantly white and redneck town doesn’t go to see movies with black actors, apparently. This actually made the experience a bit more chilling and a bit more relevant.
It’s a disturbing narrative meant to provoke. The metaphor holds. The plantation, the masters, the slaves, it’s all meticulously rendered. What resonates is that they didn’t water it down, at all, to appease delicate sensibilities. Finally, an American film with balls. The overwhelming majority are simply Coca Cola ads with explosions and gunshots.
As you know I abhor spoilers, but I do love hinting. Get Out includes the horror of mind control. The mind is where slavery exists as much as in the physical world, and so they had to go there. It’s what makes the film special and adds extra dimension. My own book delved into this full on (and I highly recommend that one too!). Mind control and manipulation are responsible for most or even all atrocities around the world and across cultures. It doesn’t take elaborate science-fiction devices to control others, but simply the abuse of language, propaganda and conditioning.