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Get Out - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews
I was already paranoid in and around hypnosis but seeing this movie isn't going to help.
This movie did a bang-up job giving me that overwhelming sense of dread that you can't escape from. It's essential to the better creepy movies cuz you don't want to feel too at ease. I thought the performances were very good and although much of it is predictable, i still felt surprise at the direction much of it went.
People keep talking about the social commentary of this film but I didn't find that aspect as deep as people make it out to be. The movie is scary as balls and a fun ride, but I don't think it's quite as profound as that. Still, it doesn't have to be for this genre. Is Bradley Whitford only doing smart-scary now?
It's a rare thing to have such a great movie for the horror/scary genre. Need more of these.
Heart rating: 5 stars (absolutely, mine sunk down deep)
Brain rating: 4 stars (a little too predictable maybe)
Or if I did put what it was about, i'd have to be so general, it would be pathetic:
An African-American in a bi-racial relationship goes to suburbia to meet his g/f's family and ends up getting MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR.
It does work as a horror-comedy or thriller-comedy, because scares, creep and action are all legit - although for most part derivative.
But Get Out also works on a completely different level. At its heart it is pure satire and is absolutely, 100% about race. On one hand, it is about "positive" racism. That is, about certain attitudes of white, educated and (mostly) liberal people toward a black person. The "I'd vote Obama for 3rd term" crowd, which makes them feel like they have proven, once and for all, that they are not racist. Or white people who make friends with black people for display, George Costanza-like. Or talking about how they like black people, without realizing it is pure racism. And about how fucking annoying and creepy it is for a black person to be the centre of attention for white folks just because of the color of his/her skin. But then it goes into another twist and deals with the paranoia of a black person among whites, and I think there's a lot of self-criticism there.
Anyway, I really, really recommend this one. It is not a profound movie by any means, and it doesn't have any intentions to be one, it delivers its social commentary without being patronizing or too serious, and is really entertaining.
I think the point that was most effective for me was one that was slightly less explicit than the others. Spoiler...
This (and watching the documentary 13th, which everyone is also talking about), has made me re-think a lot of conversations I've had in the past, like the time my friend from college (who is 1/2 black, 1/2 mexican, and from Milwaukee) would tell me that he drove the speed limit 100% of the time. I said something like, "nah, you can go 5-10 over all the time and never get a ticket." He just kind of nodded and said nothing, but I'm starting to finally get it.
It is just like Jexik said. I also don't think I would have gotten this movie when I lived in Europe, it is really about racial relations in the US. By the way, I am not saying that there's no racism in other countries, not by a long stretch. It is just that Get Out is about a very particular brand of racism.
I liked how there was social commentary on both the obvious surface and the subtle(ish) subtext. I like how well the movie made you feel at constant unease, both in uncomfortableness and impending dread.
My favorite scenes:
I laughed out loud at that cheesy videotape introduction he had to watch while strapped in the chair. It was goofy and perfect.
When the cop rolls up at the end, my heart sank. "He's fucked." Then the door opens with "Airport" on the side, and I laughed out loud again. Got me!
I'm going to be even more paranoid about hypnosis than I was before.