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This In-Depth Theory About A Specific Aspect Of 'Get Out' Makes The Film All The More Genius

This In-Depth Theory About A Specific Aspect Of 'Get Out' Makes The Film All The More Genius
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5 days ago

Ah, the internet and its theories. This time, we’re going back to 2017’s critically acclaimed and award-winning mystery/thriller, Get Out. The strange, albeit genius, theory comes from New York arts, media, and film lawyer, Kyle A B, known on Twitter as @kyalbr. 

Kyle starts things off with a sentence likely nobody expected to see regarding the 2017 film, not even its writer and director, Jordan Peele. “So, Freud’s essay on the 'uncanny' made me think of Jordan Peele and Get Out.” The Freud he’s speaking of, of course, if Sigmund Freud, neurologist and father of psychoanalysis.

The theory finds a way to impressively link themes of Get Out with Freud’s ideas by specifically pinpointing two very different characters within the film: blind art dealer Jim Hudson and Georgina, the maid that doesn’t seem quite right. 

Starting with Hudson, Kyle points out that the actor behind the art dealer, Stephen Root, played a blind radio station manager that profited off of the guitar playing of a young black man. In Get Out, Root’s character hopes to profit off of the eyes of a young black man. In both roles, the race of the individual is of no concern, creating a “tertiary form of racism.” 

How Kyle links the art dealer (and the radio station manager) and Freud comes in with the neurologist’s views on the loss of eyesight. According to Freud, losing one’s eyesight is the equivalent of being castrated while lacking decent eyesight is a form of impotence. Kyle questions if Peele intended Hudson’s underlying reasoning tie to “any phallic, black object.”

The other half of Kyle’s dissection of Get Out utilizing Freud involves Georgina and the concept of the uncanny valley. Throughout the movie, there’s clearly something not right about the maid and it leaves the viewer feeling unsettled. As Kyle puts it, the uncanny valley is “the intense discomfort we feel towards things that appear almost human but not quite.” You may get that sensation by watching Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s robotic creation, Erica. 

Like Ishiguro’s android, Georgina looks human, but there’s something “unheimlich,” or creepy, about her. Kyle praises actress Betty Gabriel for her portrayal of Georgina, claiming “she players her perfectly in the unheimlich, the uncanny valley.” He then goes on to make one last connection between the movie and Freud, referencing the uncanny valley as “the sunken place,” or the hypnotic space Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuya, is coerced into by Catherine Keener’s Missy Armitage.

H/T: Twitter