Day 15: Martin Luther King Day – Get Out / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #1

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Yeah, my palm tree is looking a little sick.

Movie Title: Get Out

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. and 44 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

The movie opens with an unnamed black man getting kidnapped in the suburbs after a car turns around to follow him. The movie then cuts to the title screen before introducing Chris Washington and Rose Armitage played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams respectively. They meet up at Chris’s apartment and discuss their upcoming weekend to visit Armitage’s parents. Washington wants to know if her parents know that he’s black. She tells them her parents aren’t racist and the most he’ll be subjected to is some prattling about Obama’s greatness. She further builds her credentials by more or less telling a cop to fuck off after asking to check Washington’s ID after a minor traffic incident.

After arriving at the house Mr. and Mrs. Armitage are immediately disarming. They comment on how they are “huggers” and try to make him feel welcome. But, things are immediately disjointed. The groundskeeper appears menacing, the housekeeper behaves oddly, the basement is sealed up, and Mrs. Armitage wants to hypnotize him. That’s when the rest of the family shows up. They are there to celebrate an anniversary for grandfather Armitage who passed away, but is kept in everyone’s memory. Every single one makes at least one comment that is offhandedly racist.

The movie is disconcerting the whole way through and even after you figure out what is going to happen there is someone to root for. Kaluuya’s performance is particularly excellent, especially in scenes where he needs to portray a lot of internal drama with little external affect. The idea of white people casually demeaning black people while simultaneously co-opting their culture is not subtle, but it is all too relevant. The immediate example that comes to mind as being especially like the film is a virulent racist like Donald Sterling, the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, winning awards from the NAACP (which he bought and paid for) to cover up for his fanatical tirades against socializing with black people. This is all summed up nicely in a small role by Stephen Root, one of the few characters in the movie that doesn’t seem to have a lot of racist motivations.

Verdict:

The movie builds tension throughout and the ending is terrific. It also has a message about a problem that is all too real in America today without being at all preachy. See it.

Pop Chart Lab:

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This is also my first entry that will scratch a tab on my new 100 Essential Films poster by Pop Chart Labs. This super cool poster is like a scratch ticket. Each film has an image and then once you have seen the movie you can scratch it off. I pictured the last three films on the list as I have already seen Mad Max: Fury Road and 12 Years a Slave both of which were excellent. I will be posting a picture of the scratch off tomorrow. Special thanks to Casey DeMello for showing me this!

The next film off this list will be The Hurt Locker, which I have not seen yet.

Tomorrow’s Movie: The Bad Batch (2017)

Today’s Run:

I am still not feeling well from yesterday. I’m coughing up all kinds of crap and having a hard time breathing. I am hoping to feel better tomorrow and run.

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