The first and most obvious theme is systemic racism. As Jordan Peele said:
“The writing of (‘Get Out’) started with me starting to make my favorite horror-thriller that’s never been made before,” Peele said Wednesday during a keynote conversation at Variety‘s Inclusion Summit. “Halfway through writing the project is when I realized what it was actually about.”
The film’s monster is systemic racism, in this case portrayed through the white characters.
“You find the insidious qualities that white liberals have,” Peele said. “The gut punch of the movie is ultimately meant to say that racism is a human problem and the ‘woke’ people know not to call themselves ‘woke.’”
This theme is underscored by the presence of the Sunken Place. Again, Peele:
The “sunken place” that the lead character falls into when he’s under hypnosis, Peele said, was a metaphor. It’s “this state of marginalization that I’ve never really quite had a word for,” he said. “The sunken place is the prison-industrial complex, it’s the dark hole we throw black people in.”
The metaphor also extends to the multiplex. “The sunken place is the theater that black people are relegated to watching horror movies on the screen. We can scream at the screen but we’re not going to get represented on the other side,” he said.
Beyond that, there is a theme of identity. Black man in a white environment. Can he be free to be himself? Chris goes through a transformation. At first, submitting himself to the whims and will of white people (e.g., kowtowing to the cop who asks for Chris’ I.D.) to eventually willing himself to slaughter them.
What other themes have you seen in Get Out?