Get Out Film Analysis

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Jordan Peele’s Get Out uses the premise of an interracial relationship to create a smart horror film that critiques the treatment and fetishization of African American culture. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man, agrees to go to meet the parents of his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) for the weekend but is made uncomfortable by their progressive-white-liberal personae. They eagerly tell him of their adoration for Barack Obama and Jesse Owens and are quick to dismiss his worry about having black servants. The depiction of a clueless family of so-called “white allies” in the beginning allows Peele to reveal them to be monsters later in the film. In Get Out, Peele uses the main conflict of Chris’s going to his girlfriend’s house…show more content…
Developments in the second act will force Chris to become more aggressive in order to survive. Rod (LilRel Howery) is Chris’s best friend, a hardworking TSA agent, who serves as both the voice of reason and the comedic relief for the film. Rod is critical of Chris and his relationship from the beginning, but the film passes him off as just a comical and overconcerned figure. For example, while Chris is on the way to Rose’s parents’ house, Rod tells him that he should not be going to a white family’s house, even for his girlfriend. Chris’s phone conversations with Rod, such as the aforementioned, serve as narrations for the plot, allowing the audience to digest what is happening. Rod serves as a foil for Chris, his character increasing in importance as the plot progresses. Chris’s initial discomfort with the family is shown through their dinner conversation. An entertaining trip down memory lane quickly transforms into a discussion of Chris like an object. Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones), Rose’s brother, asks Chris if he ever got into street fights as a kid, commenting on how his “frame and genetic makeup” would make him an excellent fighter if he applied himself; he then tries to put Chris in a headlock as a supposed demonstration. Jeremy’s comment shows him as sizing Chris up, treating him as a body instead of a person. Though Chris is only made uncomfortable at first, dismissing it as an everyday act of racism, the

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