Get Out Analysis - Shreya Sachdev
Get Out is a 2017 thriller film directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. Just for a quick recap, this movie follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) a black man about to meet his white girlfriend's parents for the first time. This movie is extremely interesting to analyze. This movie is about the concept of Negrophilia. During 1920-1930s Paris, Negrophilia was a craze when to collect African art, to listen to jazz, and to dance the Charleston, the Lindy Hop or the Black Bottom, were signs of being modern and fashionable. A misconception about this film is that it is about racism. However, that is completely false. Get Out is the complete opposite of racism. This movie revolves around people who have moved way beyond racism and are actually fascinated by black people. As Chris meets more and more white people, he realizes that they constantly go out of their way to show him that they're okay with him being black and constantly bring up people and cultures related to black people, which ends up just making him feel even more uncomfortable. As mentioned previously, this movie is not necessarily exploring racism in America, but is rather exploring the idea of stereotypes and how there is still a large division between white people and black people. In fact, this movie was inspired by Jordan Peele's own experiences and feelings which he talked about in an interview. He discussed how he felt awkward and uncomfortable when he was the only black person in a room full of white people. Likewise, the famous philosopher, Frantz Fanon talked about the exact same thing. He discussed the way he felt uncomfortable when he was surrounded by white people, because deep down he knew that white people had certain stereotypes and thoughts about him. In Get Out, despite the fact that these white people are astonished and attracted to Chris, they still don't consider him human enough to give him any rights, thus making themselves believe that kidnapping them and using their brains or bodies for themselves is completely okay. There are also many hidden symbols in this movie. For example, when Chris and Rose hit a deer on their way to Rose's house, Chris feels deep empathy for the deer that they just injured whereas Rose does not. The reason that Chris feels such deep empathy for the deer is because it reminds him of the time that his mother had a hit and run accident and he didn't do anything to help. The next symbol is when a police man asks Chris for his license and Rose gets extremely mad, not understanding why the police man wants to see his license since he wasn't driving. The other interesting part about this scene is that Chris actually doesn't care about the police man asking for his license and really just wants to get it over and done with, which symbolizes how Chris, being a black person surrounded by white people is normally used to these kind of stereotypes. Furthermore, Rose does not actually care about Chris, she just does not want to leave a trace and thus does not want the police man to take Chris's license since then the police man will have his name and specific details. The next symbol is the significance of Rose's grandfather's profession. We learn that Rose's grandfather was a top athletic runner who was beat by Jesse Owns in the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Later on, we see Walter running towards Chris in the dark as Chris is outside smoking, Walter is running because Rose's grandfather is actually inside his body. This is the reason that Walter was running late at night. Moreover, Georgina starts crying heavily when Chris opens up to her and tells her that when there are too many white people in the room, he gets nervous. We can see that Georgina has an emotional reaction to this but it comes off as quite strange since she bursts into tears. This is because inside of her, she is still herself and she's trying to knock down the fake version of herself and make the real her come out. She lives in the sunken place.