White guy here. I’m tempted to just punt on writing about movies involving racism. Take Jordan Peele’s recently released horror comedy Get Out. How am I possibly supposed to critique a film about an African-American’s perspective on race relations? If I don’t enjoy the movie, do I shit on it and risk being viewed as narrow-minded, or worse? If I love the movie, do I overly praise it and come off like the Malcolm X quoting, trying too hard to be “down,” Craig from Atlanta’s Juneteenth episode? “Preach, Ava DuVernay. You tell ‘em.” says the white guy currently wearing Rainbow sandals. I don’t know, it’s a fine line.
Anyways, fuck it, I LOVED Get Out. It’s perfect. Easily the best movie I’ve seen so far this year. In Get Out, Marnie from Girls takes her boyfriend (Sicario’s Daniel Kaluuya) back to her rural childhood home to meet Mom and Dad for the first time. Marnie (I’m just gonna call her Marnie) claims she doesn’t see race nor sees the point in letting her parents know ahead of time that she’s dating a black man, but Chris, said black man, is not as naïve. I’d rather not reveal much more than that premise to avoid spoilers, but needless to say Greg Focker had it easy compared to this weekend visit. Get Out is classified as a horror, but I really urge people that generally avoid the scary genre to give this a shot. For one reason, it’s just as funny as it is scary. And two, it’s gotta be one of the most thought-provoking films you’ll see all year, especially for those not accustomed to encountering casual discrimination. Costarring a suddenly grey Bradley Whitford & Catherine Keener. Grade: A+
- One last item of note. This film is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, factoring in over 130 reviews. That is CRAZY. Honestly never seen that before. As mentioned in my blurb on Moonlight, there’s always one asshole that ruins a perfect RT score, but somehow Get Out pulled it off. Does Breitbart not have a film critic?