Fall of the House of Rose
A reimagination of the African American experience through the guise of a horror story, following all the traditions associated with the genre, that places, arguably for the first time in the history of popular film, the victim and dupe of the monsters as being distinguished by their marginalised status through race. The film takes no shame in its identification with tradition given that it needs the audience to have some sense of familiarity in order for its messages to get across. For example, we know just by seeing the daunting, panning-out scene of Rose's parents' house, isolated in the middle of the forest, what implications are held in store for Chris in regards to the various levels of sanity he will encounter, the role he will play in relation to the people he will encounter, and the foreboding moral decline that awaits him because we have read Edgar Allan Poe. What we don't know, however, is specifically what struggles await him, and what he will need to do to overcome them. It is through this anticipation, one which we have nurtured over the course of all the horror movies we have hitherto watched, that we become most surprised, given that what we expect as being unfamiliar is inevitably familiar to an overwhelmingly uncomfortable degree. This is because as fantastical as the film's premise is, it alludes to a repression that pervaded a large part of American history which we are ultimately forced to recognise within ourselves. The final scene of the film is so effective for this reason, and consequently draws us to think quite deeply about what it is that causes us to react the way we do.
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Get Out Keeps Running To The Top Of The Charts For The Best Original Screenplay
In the film "Get Out" by the director Jordan Peele, he uses different methods throughout the film that bring up the painful history of the racism in America. The actual suspenseful effect that the film had was very powerful, some parts of the movie made me feel like the actions that some of the characters were partaking in were happening to me. This film is horror/suspense based and it is centered by a interracial couple, the African American male Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), and the female, Rose (Allison Williams). The couple had been dating for over some months now and it was time for Chris to meet Rose's parents. Get out takes you through a various ride of emotions almost feeling like I was connecting to some of the characters at times. Chris had previous worries about his race towards her parents, once they arrived to her parents house and are a bit more settled in, Chris begins to feel more paranoid on what they are hiding from him. As the film goes on in kind of turns into more of a horror film having all of the audience on the edge of their seats.
Jordan Peele uses such a unique way of truly attracting the audience to the film, considering the music as well. The Swahili song that gets recognized throughout the whole film by being in the background keeps an ongoing eerie feeling that something bad is yet to come. Peele does an absolutely outstanding job showing the similarities between all the black characters in the movie at Rose's parents house. In the film the acting is incredible, it almost made me forget who the the actors were because they were playing the part of their characters so well.
One of my favorite parts in the movie shows how I was able to connect to some of the racial stereotypes Chris was facing during a family party at Rose's parents house. At some times Jordan Peele throws in some of his comedic sense of humor at some of the almost screeching horrific parts of the film.
Get Out brings up the sad and hurtful passed of racism but also it connects to the way Chris feels when he is in the sunken place. Because he felt like he had no control over what was going on, same with the racism in the past and how many African Americans were being controlled. This film also connects back to an older suspenseful like horror film called The Shining. Jordan Peele was very inspired by this movie because it gave Get Out more twisted clues at times that no one would notice until the second time they watch it. From the beginning to the end of the movie Peele has everyone on their toes horrified on what's to come. A reference to another director/author that could've been used to make this film would've been Stephen King, just because he makes horror films that include some comedic features that seep through during some of the more suspenseful parts of the film.
Some ways Jordan Peele could've made this movie more prestigious is if he hadn't had the funny black TSA character Rod who is Chris's friend, stop out of the police car to save Chris but instead have actual police officers step out while he is in the middle of trying to save himself from Rose. This change would've made the whole audience stand up in anger and start to yell at the characters to try and help them.
This will forever be one of my recent favorite horror films, it gave me all the emotions one could have within an hour and forty five minutes. Until Jordan Peele comes out with another movie that matches this one it will be on the top of the scale in my mind and in the category of suspenseful films as well. I am pretty positive the whole audience was pleased after watching this incredible film, it was definitely worth the wait and seeing it in the theater! Get Out is highly recommended to watch and then watch it again and notice the little things that show some of the hidden secrets that show what they are hiding at the end.
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Thu Sep 24 2020
One of the best horror films ever made.
Director Jordan Peele leaves audiences and critics around the world speechless and mesmerized with his incredibly successful and powerful debut film Get Out. The immaculate horror/thriller comedy is successful in giving viewers a truly unique and horrific experience that goes far beyond typical horror cliches by delving into themes of modern day racism. The plot focuses around a young and ubran, biracial couple of Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), an African American man, and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), a white woman. In the film the couple ventures off on a weekend excursion to visit her parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener) Armitage, who have never met Chris and who are also completely unaware of Chris's ethnic background. Chris questions whether Rose's parents will approve of him because of his color, but Rose assures him that his parents are blind to race. When they arrive, Chris quickly picks up on Rose's parents attempts to accommodate Chris's racial background, such as stating that if they could they would vote for Obama for a third term. However, as the weekend advances Chris find himself in some rather disturbing and frightening experiences that makes him question Rose and her family's values and beliefs. When he finally becomes aware of the family's true and deviant intents, Chris decides that in order to survive he needs to Get Out! Audiences and critics alike were absolutely shocked to learn that the infamously comedic actor Jordan Peele, who has started in television shows and movies such as Key & Peele and Keanu, would be making his directorial debut with a horror movie, a genre which is generally not favored by the film industry. Because of his minimal background with the genre, many doubted that the film would be of any substance and most assumed that it would be a box office flop. To everyone's surprise however, viewers found that the film was loaded with skin-crawling scenes, dark humor, and numerous cryptic messages that relate to society as a whole. Jordan Peele's unique directing style, accompanied by strong cast performances, as well as the film's ability to dive into controversial topics, greatly strengthens the film's reputation as one of the best horror films ever made.
One of Peele's greatest attributes as a director is his ability to convey strong and important messages within his films through an abundance of small yet important details that strengthen the viewer's understanding of the plot and theme, which in the case of Get Out is modern day racism. Peele's ability to blend and hide important themes and plot points within small details puts directors such as Kubrick to shame. Popular scenes such as the black car scene, the cereal scene, the deer scene, the shotgun scene and the running scene all help to bring the plot together as well as strengthen the film's recurring theme of racism in the twenty first century. Peele was even able to utilize the critically acclaimed song Redbone by rapper Childish Gambino to help foreshadow the events of the film. Another one of Peele's greatest attributes as a director is his ability to create a truly unique and original film that steers away from the overused cliches that are so prevalent in modern horror films. Instead of creating a film that was loaded with cliches such as excessive gore, falling female protagonists and stupid teenagers, Peele focuses on showcasing the true and complex terrors of modern day racism, such as police brutality, injustice in the court system, the erasure of black culture, and the systematic oppression of African Americans in America. Although the plot is a little far fetched, many still find that they are able relate to what Chris feels and goes through over the duration of the film.
The spectacular performances within this film also contribute to Get Out's reputation as one of the greatest horror films ever made. Daniel Kaluuya's incredible performance gives audiences a believable look into the reality of African American males in modern day America, as well as showcases the recurring oppression that many African Americans face. Throughout the film, audiences feel Chris's genuine sense of caution when visiting Rose's all white family. His performance further communicates how African Americans feel in the presence of police officers and in situations when African Americans are made to feel uncomfortable. Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener also believably portray the way in which many modern whites view and treat African Americans. They overemphasize the fact that Chris is black in a failed attempt to make him feel more comfortable, rather than focusing on him as a person. They also utilize stereotypes to generalize the African American race and culture through scenes like the Obama scene and the running scene. These performances give the film a realistic sense by accurately characterizing the hidden racism that is all to prevalent in the country today.
Get Out is one hell of a film that will surely keep viewers on the edge of their seats, and the terror that the audience experiences will surely stay with them far past the end credits. With its sense of dread, terror, comedy, and underlying societal themes, Get Out very well may be one of the greatest horror films ever made.
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