DESCRIBED AS A social thriller, Get Out is fast becoming the must-see horror film of the year.
Brought to the screens by the brilliant Jordan Peele, with his sharp observations on society and culture.
In particular, Get Out focuses on the racial divide in America.
Whilst there are some moments that are blatant statements of the issues faced in the US, there are some that are a little more subtle.
So many layers are placed in this movie that when watching, you almost feel like you’ve transcended into your very own ‘sunken place’, paralysed by in Peele’s world, searching for a way out of the madness that surrounds our central character, Chris.
Here are 7 Key moments that you may have missed on first viewing
It’s a common theme within the movie – more prominent with the song Run, Rabbit Run, that’s played at the start of the movie, but emphasised even more so, with a Swahili song that also feature in the movie, which when translated, tells us to listen to your ancestors, and run.
- No trace of I.D.
When Rose hits a deer with the car, did anyone notice her lack of empathy?
Chris is drawn to see the deer as it instantly reminds him of his own mother, who was knocked down in a hit and run, but when the cops arrive,
Rose is very quick to defend Chris and not let the Cop force home to give out his drivers licence.
On face value, this might seem like an empowering moment as she stands up for her man, but in light of what transpires later in the movie, could be viewed as Rose covering her tracks.
If there’s no record of her and Chris being together, she can hide all trace of his inevitable disappearance.
- The Black Buck
Briefly mentioned by Rose’s father with an off-hand comment, with his lack of love for bucks or deer is actually racist slur in post-reconstruction America.
It was used by those in white authority on Black men who refuse to ‘tow the line’.
- Silver spoon
Speaking of bowing to authority, the method that Missy uses for her hypnosis treatment labours the point further around ‘White supremacy’ with the aid of a silver spoon.
A symbol of how the elite can rule and control those in a ‘lesser’ position.
- Cotton picker
Slightly more obvious is Chris’ method of escape. When tied down, he literally has to pick the cotton embedded in the chair, in order to win his freedom.
It’s a strong and profound moment in the movie.
- Froot Loops and Milk divided.
Believing that all is in order, Rose resorts to her basic behaviour and let’s her guard down in search for her next victim.
Whilst she does this, Rose eats some Froot Loops on their own before consuming some milk.
An odd behaviour in itself, but on closer scrutiny symbolises the separation of colour from the white that is deeply embedded in her psyche.
It feels as though I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg with this one.
Get Out is so deeply layered that it warrants a repeat viewing or two to really appreciate Peele’s work.
And with the promise of several more social thriller instalments on the way, I can’t wait to see what Peele serves up next.
- Paul Farrell