Last month, the much anticipated movie Get Out finally opened in UK cinemas, some time after its Stateside release. The film was surrounded by massive hype and high expectations. Here was a horror flick with 100 per cent support from notoriously tough review site Rotten Tomatoes. Why? Because Get Out is a mainstream movie with an intelligent take on a major social problem: racism.
In case you still haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil the plot, only to say there’s a black boyfriend and a white girlfriend whose family is not what it seems.
The other clue is in the title.
But what about the social significance of this made-for-mutliplex movie? En route to the family residence, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) asks ‘have you told them yet?’ From what little I’ve said, you already know what question he’s referring to; and the fact that this is all it takes, surely shows how racism remains deep-seated in today’s culture.
I grew up in a small seaside town in Norfolk. You could say that the demographic there is not exactly multicultural. When I was 16 and planning to introduce my parents to my girlfriend of the time, it did go through my brain that I should tell them she’s not white. But why? You would think nowadays that as a society, we have gone beyond judging people according to the colour of their skin.
Perhaps we have moved some way past this. But I don’t think we can claim to have come all the way, or the question would never have entered my head in the first place.
We are where we are, and Get Out is to be welcomed for addressing this in a provocative and entertaining way.