February 24, 2017, - 3:31 pm
“Get Out” (rated R), in theaters today, is one of the better, scarier, creepier, more effective horror thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. It’s well-written, well-acted, and very funny. (I laughed a lot.) BUT it’s also incredibly racist, chock-full of the only kind of racism that is tolerated these days: the anti-White variety. This movie–the plot of which centers on race–is a Black Lives Matter delusional fantasy, in which all Whites are evil, and all Blacks are their innocent victims.
The story: Allison Williams (daughter of deposed NBC anchor and serial liar Brian Williams) is a rich, liberal White girl living in New York City. She and her Black boyfriend (Daniel Kaluuya) are going to her family’s posh estate for the weekend. It’s the first meeting of the boyfriend and her parents, and he’s concerned that his race might be an issue. Williams tells her boyfriend that she hasn’t told her parents that he’s Black. Don’t worry, she tells him. “My father would vote for Obama for a third time, if he could,” she says.
On their way to the mansion, they hit a deer, and call the police. A White police officer asks both Williams and her boyfriend for their IDs. Williams balks, telling the officer that he’s racist for asking for the boyfriend’s ID. Then, when they arrive at the home, something–a lot of things–is a little weird. The girl’s parents are a little too eager to show how much they love Black people–how “down wit da struggle” they are. The father (Bradley Whitford) repeats the line about voting for Obama a third time if he could. And the girl’s mother (Catherine Keener), a psychiatrist, wants to hypnotize the boyfriend, so he’ll stop smoking. Plus there are the docile Black servants who are a little too sangfroid about things. Same for the local townspeople. I had the feeling of “The Stepford Wives” when I watched this and Jordan Peele–who wrote and directed this–said that Stepford Wives was one of his inspirations for the movie.
My favorite character in the movie–and its hero–is a TSA agent played by Lil Rel Howery. He’s hilarious, and he’s a great parody of many Black Americans who are obsessed with racist conspiracy theories that usually have no basis in fact. (He also possesses competence and skill that are lacking in much of the TSA today. If every TSA agent were like him, security checkpoints at airports would be far more than the mere theater and props that they actually are.)
To say any more about the plot would give it away, so I won’t (though trailers for this movie pretty much give it all away, as does the one below). I think you get the gist of it.
I screened this movie with an audience that was largely Black. Most of them thought this was the greatest movie ever. And it is well done. But it’s totally racist, and I doubt they’d be clapping and cheering (as they frequently were) if the race roles were reversed here. In fact, if this movie had been made with the races reversed, heads would roll. Sadly, Black racism against non-Blacks is very chic and in vogue today and has been for some time. Object to it–as I am here–and you are a “tight-ass” and a “RAAAAAAAYCIST!”
As I noted, the movie is the project of Jordan Peele, one-half of the “Key & Peele” show on Comedy Centeral. Key & Peele was very politically incorrect, and I’ve posted some of the show’s skits on this site. They were funny and had no problem challenging Black American taboos. Peele claims that with Get Out, he’s written a politically incorrect thriller. Don’t believe him. Despite the fact that the movie is very thrilling–I was on the edge of my seat the whole time–it’s actually very politically correct, with Whites being the usual villains. And it makes a big deal of interracial couples and an assumption that everyone is intolerant of them–an anachronistic, paranoid view when it appears, on the contrary, that every brand–from Cheerios to Vibe Credit Union–seems to feature ads that are in-your-face with interracial couples and their kids.
Also, Peele is a biracial kid, himself, and the product of an interracial couple. Does he think his White mother, Lucinda Williams, or his White wife, Chelsea Peretti, are evil? The latter is pregnant with his child, who will be three-quarters WHITE. Scary! (At least, to him, apparently.) Plus, the movie’s plot, themes, and message seem totally backward and out of touch when White racism against Blacks is definitely in the minority and Black racism reigns supreme, is accepted, and has been institutionalized in everything from affirmative action, “diversity” pushes, minority set-asides, and even new Oscar voting rules disenfranchising older White voters in the Academy of Motion Pictures.
There is one aspect of the movie, though, that I loved. Peele exposes White liberals who are “down wit da struggle” (pretending they’re Black America’s biggest fans) as a bunch of phonies. And we know they are. We all know people like this. They voted for Obama out of White guilt and solely based on race. They defended whatever idiocy in which he engaged as Prez. They defend Black Lives Matter terrorism. Many of them are even part of the BLM movement, marching and harassing police. They’re incredibly annoying. And their pseudo-intellectual arrogance is undue but blatantly on display. This movie mocks them, and that’s social commentary that’s very welcome . . . and least for me. It’s the rest of the message about Whites in general that I didn’t care for.
Given all of this, I have mixed feelings about how to rate this movie. It’s really well done and entertaining. And really racist. If you can put the races of the characters out of your mind–which is impossible to do, especially since race is a central theme of the movie–then it’s a great film. I don’t wanna lie–as I said, I enjoyed watching the movie.
But I saw it for free. You have to decide if you want to give your hard-earned money to support well-done silver screen racism to be entertained.
And, so, I give it a mixed rating of . . .
TWO-AND-A-HALF REAGANS PLUS FOUR JESSE JACKSONS PLUS FOUR AL SHARPTONS PLUS FOUR OBAMAS PLUS FOUR MICHELLE LAVAUGHN ROBINSON HUSSEIN OBAMA IDI AMIN DADAS PLUS FOUR COLIN KAEPERNICKS
Watch the trailer . . .