Have you ever started watching a movie already having made up your mind whether or not you would like it or it would be any good? I did. Well, maybe not completely, but I was wary of Get Out.
I had heard it may be offensive to white people – GASP!
But really how offensive could this movie possibly be?
So I watched the movie. If you haven’t you may not want to read any further. I won’t give the ending away, but I will discuss certain scenes which may or may not ruin the movie for you.
Now, on with the show.
The opening scene shows a young African-American man walking through a suburb at night. He’s talking on the phone, saying how he’s scared because he’s in a white neighborhood at night and he doesn’t want to be arrested. He gets kidnapped instead…
Then the movie switches to an interracial couple (she’s white, he’s African-American) who is going to meet her parents at their summer home. So there’s an element of wealth too. Lot’s of dialog about him being uncomfortable and she assuring him her parents aren’t racist.
Was I uncomfortable in the first half hour of this movie confronted with a sometimes very real, very accurate portrayal of what it’s like to deal with white people? Of course. Was I angry? No.
It was a movie. And a damn good one at that.
Any good story is going to make you think. It is going to make you face certain aspects of life that most people would like to shove in a dark corner somewhere and question your motives. If the movie also has good acting then I’m in heaven.
There is so much crap being made in the name of entertainment. So when I find a movie like Get Out! that weaves social commentary in with a great suspenseful story that has an awesome plot twist I take notice.
And you should, too.
Maybe it’s because I’m more introverted than not and don’t really trust anyone, but it makes sense to me that people would be uncomfortable in a group of people who are different from them. I feel different from just about everyone so there really is no group that I would like to be in no matter if they’re white, black, or purple with pink polka dots.
And that’s okay.
When did it become mandatory for everyone to want to be around and like everyone else? Sure we should all be able to respect ourselves and others enough to be in a public setting without causing a riot or acting like an idiot, but that doesn’t mean we all have to be best friends.
I don’t even feel comfortable around most of my family. Why would I expect to instantly feel comfortable around people with completely different backgrounds and way of life? Or vice versa?
The bottom line is we’re all people stumbling our way through life. We gravitate toward other people who are similar, who we can relate to, who may or may not look like us. It is only when we start to think that our group is better than other groups that things go wrong.
No group, race, or culture is any better or worse than any other. In a perfect world we would all respect our differences while finding common ground. We would all reserve judgment until we had a better understanding of what we’re experiencing. We wouldn’t be so quick to take offense when someone looked confused by our actions.
But it’s not a perfect world…
So we have movies like Get Out! which forces us face these issues albeit in a very clever and entertaining way.