Summary- Rotten Tomatoes:

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

 

Nerd corner:

Social Thriller

White Savior trope -> subverted

 

General Notes:

They all drive up in BLACK CARS. White people, in black vessels. 

Microaggressions constantly “this thang, my man,” etc. 

Assuming Chris likes Tiger Woods. Saying Blackness is “in fashion.”

White liberalism, post racial society Jim as “colorblind” I don’t see race. 

Dehumanization paired with fetishizing. 

Shows code switching.

 

“Then I eliminated Get Out. It’s a good B-movie and I enjoyed it, but what bothered me afterwards was that instead of focusing on the fact that this was an entertaining little horror movie that made quite a bit of money, they started trying to suggest it had deeper meaning than it does, and, as far as I’m concerned, they played the race card, and that really turned me off. In fact, at one of the luncheons, the lead actor [Daniel Kaluuya], who is not from the United States [he’s British], was giving us a lecture on racism in America and how black lives matter, and I thought, “What does this have to do with Get Out? They’re trying to make me think that if I don’t vote for this movie, I’m a racist.” I was really offended. That sealed it for me.”

The Hollywood Reporter

 

“I thought I’d lose black people because we’re victims in the movie and that’s hard to watch, that’s not fun. Maybe I’d lose white people because white people are the villains in the movie, that would be an assault. But I stuck with it and one of the most fulfilling and validating things to see was how an audience would sort of go in with their different preconceived notions on what the film [was] but by the middle, they were all Chris. They were all the main character…The power of story is that it is one of the few ways we can really feel empathy and encourage empathy. Built into the idea of a story is that you have a protagonist. When you have a protagonist, the whole trick that all of us are trying to do is bring the audience behind their eyes. A well-crafted story, a good story, is one of the few ways we can really not tell somebody you have to feel for somebody else — but make somebody feel because they’re experiencing it through entertainment” (Jordan Peele as quoted in Salud, 2017).

 

Tropes:

And I Must Scream

Animal motifs

Auction of evil

Bait and Switch

Bait the dog

Chekhov’s Gun

Conveniently an orphan

Creepy Souvenir

Dead man honking

Does This Remind You of Anything

Dying as yourself

Exact Words

Expository hairstyle change

Eye scream

Facial dialogue

Fete worse than death

Fighting from the inside

Foreshadowing actually had its own page for this movie

Freeze frame bonus

Get Out!

Gilligan cut

A God Am I

Gory discretion shot

Greeting gesture confusion

Headphones equal isolation

Hell is that noise

Hope spot

Immortality immortality

Impaled hand

Impaled with extreme prejudice

Improvised weapon

Jump scare

Mask of sanity

Missing white woman syndrome

Mood whiplash

Nothing personal

Nuclear family

Once more, with clarity!

Product placement

Revised ending

Right for the wrong reasons

Rewatch bonus

Rule of symbolism

Rule of three

Sliding scale of comedy and horror

Soundtrack dissonance

Stealth pun

Wham shot

 

Works Cited:

Feinberg, Scott. (2018, March 2). Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #2: ‘Get Out’ Filmmakers “Played the Race Card,” “Just Sick of” Meryl Streep. The Hollywood Reporter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/brutally-honest-oscar-ballot-get-filmmakers-played-race-card-just-sick-meryl-streep-1090440/

 

Ramos, Dino-Ray. (2017, October 22). ‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele On Divisiveness, Black Identity & The “White Savior”. Deadline. https://deadline.com/2017/10/jordan-peele-get-out-film-independent-forum-keynote-speaker-diversity-inclusion-1202192699/

 

Salud, April. (2017, November 21). Jordan Peele Says ‘Get Out’ Was “Meant to Be a More Direct, Brutal Wake-Up Call”. The Hollywood Reporter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/jordan-peele-says-get-was-meant-be-a-more-direct-brutal-wake-up-call-1060345/

 

Tensley, Brandon. (2018, January 23). Get Out is a Welcome Rejection of the White Savior. Pacific Standard. https://psmag.com/news/get-out-is-a-welcome-rejection-of-the-white-savior

 

Young, Danielle. (2017, February 24). Get Out Is a Refreshing, Creepy, Stress-Filled Thriller Unafraid to Comment on Race. The Root. https://www.theroot.com/get-out-is-a-refreshing-creepy-stress-filled-thriller-1792645766