Invitation Of The Body Snatchers
Racism. That’s a big word in today society. Racism. It’s the main subject for Jordan Peele’s unexpected horror hit Get Out, which makes it home release this week, but the real question is has A-aron done messed up?
People act like Get Out is the second coming of horror, and it’s for the wrong reasons. It’s stating the obvious but Get Out it plays the race card in a big way. This irritates me. Nightmare On Elm Street didn’t need that, The Thing incites paranoia without making this effort. Just because you pick a controversial topic doesn’t make you powerful or cool. Look at Hard Candy, Hard Candy, you could take out the subject of paedophilia (and at times the film does), and nothing would change, the film is still incredibly intense. Let’s get past the colour of skin and move onto the deeper thoughts in Get Out.
But that’s just the problem; it doesn’t have any deeper thoughts. Black man is thrown into a racist neighbourhood, things go south (ironically) quickly. This isn’t scary, it’s obvious. Do I think Get Out is scary? Not even slightly. However, did I find Get Out thrilling? Absolutely.
But then again, that’s the problem with cinema today. We frequently blur the lines between genres, we don’t know if a movie is a horror or a drama or a comedy or a mix of all three. We are far more demanding now and that can make a movie feel… messy. Luckily for Get Out is never that, Jordan Peele knows how he wants each scene to feel, and always succeeds.
Peele judges each sequence perfectly, every moment claws away at us forcing us to feel increasingly uneasy and distressed for our protagonist Chris. There are times we find ourselves screaming for Chris to “Get Out”, we want him to survive, Chris likeable and we are aware of a much more sinister story surrounding him. The entire film works inwards like thin ice that we as an audience are stumbling on; we desire to know what’s really going on at the Armitage household.
That’s what makes Get Out a thriller rather than a horror is that I wanted to keep watching to find out how it ended, not because I felt like what I saw on screen was vile. In fact Get Out is surprisingly tame on the gore, it uses violence and blood sparingly, opting instead to go for physiological warfare, and this where Get Out starts to gain momentum.
Once we see Chris succumb to the suggestions of hypnotism by Missy, we know he is in trouble. There is something extra scary about hypnotism for us as an audience, I suspect it is because we dislike the idea that someone can sedate us and control our minds at any moment. In our own minds we are forever at the disadvantage.
A good film creates a world that is one the very outskirts of our own, and that’s just what Get Out does.