The 2017 Horror-Thriller Film Get Out, Ironically Directed

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The 2017 horror-thriller film Get Out, ironically directed by famous comedian, Jordan Peele, caught the attention of a wide array of audiences with its strong take on tackling present day racism. The movie revolves around Chris Washington, a black man, who is in an interracial relationship with Rose Armitage, a white woman. The concept of interracial dating is still frowned upon by a rather substantial amount of Americans today, and this movie uses that uneasiness to drive its message across. Rose assures Chris that although she has not mentioned to her parents that she was dating a black man, it would be alright and that there is nothing for him to worry about. When they arrive to her parent’s estate, he is immediately bombarded with…show more content…
A black man is walking casually down a suburban neighborhood, frightened. The irony of this scene is that it is not a ghetto, or a run down neighborhood. It looks like a typical, safe suburban neighborhood, highlighting the fact that danger does not necessarily have to be obvious, and can lurk in places people do not expect. In just this first few minutes of screen time, the audience is already introduced to what is known as “casual racism,” using the neighborhood and the lurking terror as symbols. The safe neighborhood is meant to be white people who “clearly aren’t racist.” They do not ostracize black people, in fact, they want to know more about them and fit in with them. The lurking terror is the casual racism, something that the white people do not acknowledge, but black people clearly see and are uncomfortable with. The irrational fear this black man has in an outright safe neighborhood shows that black people are constantly in danger, regardless of their surroundings. The security of the neighborhood brings this man in, but he eventually falls prey to the evil hiding in the neighborhood, with his kidnapping. This is an exceptional segue into the actual movie because this “evil among the good” aspect of the opening scene becomes the underlying plot and driving force for the whole movie. The Armitages and their friends on the outside are kind, well-informed, non-racist white folks, but their deep interest in black people brews an evil

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