Crossing the Streams: July 2018, by Jim Rohner

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    Who would you say is the most notable detractor of Get Out? It’s got a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    I thought the term “white savior” referred to Dances With Wolves, Last Samurai or Avatar type stories about a white person encountering another culture and doing something for them that they can’t do for themselves. Baby Driver is about a criminal who gets himself in hot water. There’s nothing great about the script, but I thought the execution was enough to make it a good action movie.

    • Jim Rohner says:

      I can’t point to many critics who are detractors of Get Out – except for Armond White and I refuse to point to anything he writes – but I’ve talked to a fair amount of friends who didn’t think it lived up to the hype.

      As for the white savior thing, I think that that pretty much sums up Baby’s relationship with the elderly and deaf Joseph.

      • FictionIsntReal says:

        Ok, I can agree it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s a very well-done horror comedy, and that’s something Peele can be proud of, but he deserved a Best Director more than he did Best Screenplay. One of the few criticism of the film I’ve read here takes it to task for failing to live up to the bar Peele purports to set for himself, but since I don’t use that as a basis for judgement I give it an unqualified thumbs up.

        Joseph only needs to be “saved” because Baby is a criminal who screwed over his associates. That’s a common movie plotline, although usually it’s the love interest or child who gets threatened.

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