My best friend came to visit me for the week as we literally hadn’t seen each other since Christmas 2016. Of course, writing back and forth on messaging apps just doesn’t cut it in a 19 year + friendship. So as you could imagine, seeing each other in person was equal parts nostalgia and a celebration of what’s to come.
Apart from working respectively during the week, we couldn’t wait for five o’clock! We hung out, with a now mutual friend, over English cuisine and the occasional frothy, porter or two (Holy Kombucha, for me) and nerded out about linguistics and language learning faux pas, amongst other things: like getting emotional and teary-eyed about our shared childhood and burgeoning young adulthood or getting beat, down and dirty, in a game of foosball. Redemption is soon, Ashleigh!
We decided our last night together should contain the cinematic experience of dinner and a movie. I couldn’t find a reason to disagree with that. Having not seen Get Out yet, we decided to see that and pair it, beforehand, with food from the belly of Texas, Cartwright’s (don’t get me wrong; it’s delicious) Ash and I just have a running joke about making fun of Texas and ourselves as Texans. We even made our own satirical representation of the film through antics involving photoshoots in the theatre and in my city downtown.
- Should I laugh or be scared? (BOTH)
- How do I explain what is happening on screen in different cultural contexts without being too blunt about its themes, but also not sugar-coating the actual message behind the satire?
- Have I ever been in a situation where I am meeting my friend’s or significant other’s parents and/or family for the first time and feel like they are covertly trying to mold me like Play-Doh to fit whatever mold they see me as?
- That actor looks so familiar. Isn’t that actor British? He’s in Skins, isn’t he? Wait… Raas, man! It’s Posh Kenneth!
- Will I ever be as brilliant as Jordan Peele?
BONUS: “White people [men, etc.] are dangerous” can be a problematic phrase as it does not foster positivity and harmony with or about a group of people.
However, Get Out takes this phrase, amplifies it and makes it digestible for everyone to gobble up and laugh about, all while a quiet voice in the back of our minds are playing a record that says, “But seriously, in Get Out… these white people are dangerous, though.”
All in all, the movie is well worth a watch. It even got the coveted 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If satirical, suspense thrillers are your thing and you don’t absolutely squirm at the sight of blood and/or covert prejudice and racism, then this movie is for you.