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Randomly Reviewed - "Get Out"

February 1, 2018

 

I saw Get Out back in April or May, I can't honestly remember. I pick it up because I like Allison Williams in Girls and, even more, I L-O-V-E Bradley Whitford.

So how could I miss this thriller? I couldn't. Furthermore, reviews were all good, like TOO GOOD. (Bradley Whitford is the cool guy in “The West Wing”, btw)

 

However, let's have this randomly reviewed "Get Out" inside look. 

 

First. Bradley Whitford is even more interesting and evil than ever and I love it.

But this could be also my end point, too.

Nothing else has been remarkable enough, to me,

to earn all of this glory by the press. 

I had to make a decision there. Read as many reviews as possibile and cut to the chase. It was a interesting journey throughout some of the most funny, disconnected and imaginary opinion I've ever read, stated by critics from some of the most relevant papers.

 

Fasten your seatbelt, we are about to take off shortly with 5 of the worst statement from dedicated press.

N°1

Peele succeeds where sometimes even more experienced filmmakers fail:

He’s made an agile entertainment whose social and cultural observations

are woven so tightly into the fabric

that you’re laughing even as you’re thinking, and vice-versa.

-

From "Time", by Stephanie Zacharek

 

What is there to laugh about a movie where WASP characters are making offer to buy out the colored body of the main character trapped in this colonial house? And to make it even more clear, they will have their brain transferred into his cranium in order to live longer or to gain back the use of his eyes after becoming blind. Do you think she's referring to brain surgery by using the verb "thinking"? Please, let's be serious here. 

 

 

N°2

To understand the insidiousness of racism,

you have to put yourself

in a marginalized man’s shoes

(and sweat it out).

-

From "Observer", by Thelma Adams

Do we really need to see Get Out to understand the insidiousness of racism? It's just so vague to assume that being transferred into a colored body would actually help understand the outrageous hate of racism between black and white people. It's so silly to even use this metaphor to suggest the subject, that I found it offensive both ways.

 

 

N°3

There’s a scene with a head-stamping, a scene with an exposed brain, and a truly creepy scene with a bowl of Froot Loops. And yet, despite all that, what makes this horror film horrific is the response that it gives to the well-meaning and problem-solving question “Can’t we just learn to live together?”

To which the movie answers, loud and clear, “No.”

-

From "New Yorker", by Anthony Lane

 

We are shifting a bit the topic: black and white people are not able to converge under the same roof is not an horror movie. Horrific is to think that we can so easily link a movie genres with an actual lack of cultural and social integration and equality. Can we really slip on a banana peel with this conclusive association?

 

 

N°4

From "New York Magazine" and "Vulture", by David Edelstein

Having it out there in so delightful a form helps us laugh at it together — and maybe later,

when we’ve thought it over, shudder.

 

Please let me know when you laugh all together during the movie... 

 

N°5

From "New York Magazine" and "Vulture", by David Edelstein

"Why us? Why black people?," Chris asks, when the nature of Rose's parents' plans is finally explained to him. "Who knows?!," his torturer replies, before rattling off several reasons that, for those ready to dig, go beyond simple racism — suggesting a critique even of whites who celebrate the coolness and talent of black people in a too-proprietary way.

 

But most important of all: nothing in this movie, as the plot states, is well thought out.

Is the family pursuing an evil plan perpetuating brutality towards innocent people driven by non-sense?

That's reality, folks. 

We look at film to escape from reality.

In films we need a theme: 

a universal meaning to reflect about our life. 

So where the critics could actually find any reasonable value about racism in this film?

 

As a result, I came to conclusion that the movie is just a well-played horror and thriller movie with a twist, but nothing more. We had movie trying to face the dualism of white and black people in a more honest way. 

 

Here's five good movie I would suggest if you want to deepen how the movie industry faced the black-white relation on screen.  

 

N°1 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn welcome back home their daughter and her new fiancée, Sidney Poitier. 

Will two American white republicans can actually overcome their strong opinion to accept their future son-in-law? Yes, they will.

 

N°2 - The Help

A Disney film showing how a governess was boycotted by her housewives from the South and how difficult and risky could be become a seditious. 

 

N°3 - Precious

If you are really into get in marginalized girl's shoes, this film portrays a young woman struggling against poverty and abuse.

 

N°4 - The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock, Best Actress in a Leading Role, is a WASP mum of two who decides to adopt a colored guy with great skill on the field. It can be ambitious, but it represents racial barriers and daily battles not to be influenced by the social context we are all dived in.

 

N°5 Mudbound 

With Mary J Blige nominated for Best Supporting Actress this film shows how two soldier both affected my Post-traumatic stress disorder can support one-another coming back to their own families. 

 

So, if you want to watch “Get Out”, just remember it’s a horror flick and not a social piece on our days’ struggles.

 

 

 

 

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