Sunday, June 3, 2018

"GET OUT" - THE MOVIE

Generally, I don't watch horror movies, because the stresses of ordinary life are enough. When I was younger and more resilient, I enjoyed the thrills and chills, but over the years, I stopped. Last week, I watched "Get Out". Either I did not know, or I had forgotten it was a horror movie, but I love that the film slipped through the filter.

Watching the oh-so-liberal white family and their white friends patronizingly check out their daughter's new black boy friend was wickedly funny. Added to the mix were two mysterious black servants, one in the kitchen, and the other on the grounds. I completely missed the clues there.

Because I don't want my post to be a spoiler for a movie I highly recommend, I won't say more. Kudos to director and writer Jordan Peele and to the actors, especially Allison Williams as the white girlfriend. The the film won the Oscar for best screenplay, but I suspect it didn't win best picture because it tells hard truths about racism, truths that many of us don't want to hear. In the fantasy America of today, nothing is ever about race.

3 comments:

JCF said...

Mimi, I'm trying to find out if anyone has heard anything from/about Leonardo Ricardo. So worried about him, living "at the foot of the volcano" in Guatemala!

June Butler said...

JCF, Leonardo posted on Facebook. Ashes from the volcano have fallen in his village, but he's safe so far.

JCF said...

Thanks, Mimi.