It's time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
Moviegoers and critics alike raved about the film. It got a near perfect fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $253 million at the global box office. To many, the film is a serious horror/thriller/drama, but to others, it's a satirical dark comedy with a heavy dose of social commentary. "Get Out" is actually both dramatic and comedic in certain instances, but how should the film be categorized for awards?
And many black moviegoers agree. While "Get Out" has obvious satirical moments, the flick is still based on the trajectory of horror and dehumanization that black people have faced in America for hundreds of years. It all started with the Atlantic slave trade in the 1600s, up to today's issues with police brutality and a broken criminal justice system.
White people are REALLY insistent today that calling GET OUT a comedy somehow trivializes it. It makes me realizes they didn’t understand it and they also look down on comedy as a genre.
For many black moviegoers, "Get Out" is not a laughing matter.
#GetOut being nominated as a comedy is the literal definition of how white people and people of color see racism. For them, it's just a joke that POCs need to "get over." And for us, racism is like a cascade of horrors that never cease.
But plenty of people have also acknowledged the disparity in horror movies being taken seriously in Hollywood award shows. Heck, even comedy isn't taken as seriously as drama. But the studio felt that "Get Out" would fair better in the comedy categories. The goal is get the masterful film nominated as much as possible. But skeptics argue why can't the studio aim to get the film nominated for drama. Challenging systems is the only way things will change.
Some of y’all are doing a lot with “Get Out” being placed in a comedy category. The studio and the people behind the film want awards and concluded that is their best shot. The end. God bless.
But others acknowledge while the film has dark comedy elements, satire is typically comedy too. Jordan is a comedian after all. So, of course, he worked dark comedy and social satire into a serious psychological horror-thriller flick. "Get Out" is a lot of things, and that's what makes it brilliant.
Well, GET OUT is certainly funnier than a previous Golden Globe winner for best Musical or Comedy called THE MARTIAN.