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“Get Out” A Social Horror Masterpiece

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Get Out!

I am on a roll! Finally, I got a chance to get out of the house without my precious baby! I went to see “Get Out”. This movie has been on my list since I saw the trailer last year. I knew it would be good, and it did not disappoint.

Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out”, is a movie after my own heart. I’m a serious horror movie fan but this film took me to a new high. I love seeing my people on film, especially in genres other than comedy and holiday themes. This social horror movie touched on the black body being a fashion statement, the new “it” thing. Full lips, muscular physique, even the lore of black male private parts. One character suggested that with specialized training, and his genetic makeup, the main character could be a “beast” as a fighter. I had no idea that this character probably wanted the main character’s body for himself. Whether out of love, admiration, idolatry, hate, racism, or some twisted mix of it all, the film explores this fascination with the black body. At the same time, it explores the lack of respect for the black person as a whole.

I hated seeing how the mother hypnotherapist took advantage of the main character. She hypnotized him without his permission, then asked him about a subject that was sensitive for him, and further traumatized him commanding him to “sink into the floor”. The term heightened suggestibility stuck with me as well.  It was the term used to describe the state of hypnosis. Once the mother in the movie had the main character in a place of heightened suggestibility, she dug into his mind and planted seeds of hopelessness, fear, failure, and loss of control.

The main character in “Get Out” was tricked, and was going to be literally sold into a form of slavery; and used for his body. Despite the overwhelming racial tension and evil intentions of the white family who preyed on black men and women, the protagonist pulled through in a most amazing and satisfying way. Using his skill and physique to his advantage, he was able to outsmart and overpower his captors. With the help of his friend (who was looking for him and had humorous suspicions about the family all along) the main character was able to find his way to freedom, literally.

This movie is soooooo deep. Too much to break down here. I would actually need to watch it at least one more time to provide even half of the elements present in this work of art.

1 In 2017

SPLIT Movie Takeaway

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SPLIT Movie 2017

Today I went to the movies for the first time in at least 5 months. My sister and I saw the movie SPLIT. *Spoiler Alert!!

Unfortunately, I came in the theater after the movie had been on for at least 15 minutes… I must say it was pretty good though. I’m a Gemini, so people say I have a split personality, but sheeesh! I could never compare to the main character, played by James McAvoy. It was very Sybil meets Psycho meets X-Men.

Although this film was pretty good, I won’t be doing a review on it. Instead, I will be touching on a few themes in the film that were interesting food for thought.

In the film, the main character was seen frequently visiting a therapist who specialized in working with clients who had personality disorders.

Interestingly, the therapist was working to get the world to see people with these disorders as gifted individuals, who, as a result of their pain or past trauma, had tapped into another part of the brain that allowed them to experience life from different perspectives and sometimes even accomplish almost supernatural feats. For instance, one personality being clinically diagnosed as diabetic and another personality of the same individual  not having trace at all of diabetes. The therapist saw their diagnoses as possible strengths rather than weaknesses or disorders.

“The broken are the more evolved” is a quote that stuck with me after the film.  To me, this quote suggests that those who experience pain or have to overcome or work through challenges in life are actually better equipped to face the world we live in today. The beauty of this is that we ALL face challenges in life. We All have the opportunity to turn our pain and challenges into lessons that can help us in the future.

What we perceive as weaknesses can actually be our strengths. It all depends on our perception. The mind is very powerful. In SPLIT, the main character said towards the end of the movie,”We are what we believe we are”, I agree wholeheartedly. If you have faith and confidence in yourself and truly believe that you can achieve what you set out to, then you can.

In SPLIT, the main character evolved into the highest, most powerful expression of himself ( although that expression was also malevolent and violent ). Physically, mentally, and emotionally, he became someone, and something else.

In a more positive light, I do believe we are able to do the same. We can manipulate our bodies, develop our minds and emotions, increase our intellect and wisdom, and expand our hearts through practice, intention,and consistency.

We are what we believe we are. If you get the opportunity, go see SPLIT.

How have your challenges or painful experiences empowered you?