Analysis of get out

Summary Get Out is a horror-thriller movie that follows a black man named Chris who goes on a weekend trip to the countryside with his white girlfriend, Rose, to meet her parents. However, he soon discovers that something is off about her family and the entire experience becomes a terrifying nightmare. Chris is subjected to hypnosis, trapped in a terrifying dreamscape, and ultimately uncovers a twisted plot involving the Armitage family and their disturbing Coagula procedure. Chris fights for his life to escape, resulting in violent confrontations with members of Rose's family and traumatic experiences that leave him traumatized.



Characters in the screenplay, and their arcs:

Character Arc Critique Suggestions
Chris Chris starts off as a confident and talented man but quickly becomes apprehensive due to his race. As he becomes more involved with Rose and her family, he struggles to fit in and navigate through uncomfortable conversations and racial tensions. However, as he uncovers the dark secrets of the Armitage family, he becomes resourceful and determined to survive, showing his bravery and strength of character. The character arc for Chris is well-done and reflects the challenges that many African American men face in predominantly white spaces. However, some viewers may find his transformation into a 'resourceful and determined' survivor trope a bit cliché.
To improve the character arc, the movie could have given more attention to Chris's trauma and how it affects his interactions with Rose and her family. Additionally, it would have been interesting to see him use his talents as a photographer to uncover the Armitage family's secrets, rather than relying on his resourcefulness alone.
Rose Rose starts off as a loving and supportive girlfriend, but as the movie progresses, she begins to reveal a manipulative and sinister side, ultimately revealing her involvement in the Armitage family's twisted plans. The character arc of Rose is well-executed but somewhat predictable. The audience can see her devolving into a manipulative character early on, so the reveal of her involvement feels unsurprising.
To improve the character arc of Rose, the writers could have added more complexity to her character, showing her internal struggle with her loyalty to her family versus her love for Chris. Additionally, they could have added more red herrings to keep the audience guessing about her true intentions until the very end.
Dean Dean starts off as a friendly but socially awkward WASP with bad Dad humor. He then becomes more curious and easygoing as he serves as a guide for Chris and enjoys reminiscing. He later becomes more mature and level-headed as he tries to keep the peace among the group. However, he ultimately reveals his true beliefs as the patriarch of the family and sacrifices himself for the spiritual transformation. The character arc for Dean could use more development and focus. While he starts off as a guide and friend to Chris, his later actions and beliefs feel sudden and not fully fleshed out.
To improve the character arc for Dean, the movie could show more hints and foreshadowing of his true beliefs throughout his interactions with Chris and the rest of the group. Additionally, his sacrifice could be built up more to make it feel more impactful and meaningful.
Missy Missy begins as a kind and supportive mother-figure, but as the movie progresses, it becomes clear that she has ulterior motives. She is shown to be observant and curious, possibly suspicious, and ultimately revealed to be a manipulative and sadistic woman who takes pleasure in causing pain and suffering to others. The character arc for Missy is somewhat predictable, as her true nature is hinted at early on in the movie. Additionally, her character seems to rely heavily on negative stereotypes of psychiatrists as manipulative and controlling.
To improve the character arc for Missy, the filmmakers could have explored her character in greater depth, perhaps providing more backstory or motivation for her actions. Additionally, they could have subverted expectations by presenting Missy as genuinely caring and supportive, only to reveal her true nature later in the movie. Finally, they could have avoided relying on harmful stereotypes by portraying Missy in a more complex and nuanced light.