Running Time: 104 mins.
Premise: When Ruth (Girls' Allison Williams) brings her black boyfriend, Chris (Sicario's Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her parents, Chris discovers that seemingly innocent racial tensions have a more sinister undertone.
Behind-the-Scenes: Jordan Peele (of Comedy Central's Key & Peele) makes his directorial debut. He also wrote the script. Produced for a mere $5 million by Blumhouse Films, Get Out has already made 6 times that in its opening weekend. Flirted with an extremely rare 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes with over 135 reviews (it now has at least 1 negative review).
The Good: This is an infinitely clever update on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Stepford Wives that mines biting racial/social commentary for humor and scares. The script is smart, with many winks to other horror films of the past, yet has a firm grip on the current political climate and what it means to be a black man in white America. It's the kind of movie you'll want to see more than once. Kaluuya's Chris is an expressive audience surrogate, and while he lacks certain leading man charisma, he imbues the character with a fierce intelligence that most characters in horror movies don't often have. The rest of the cast is just gangbusters - Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener are delightfully menacing as Ruth's parents, and LilRel Howery steals every scene he's in as Chris' TSA buddy, Rod. The movie unfolds at an intriguing clip and the final half-hour is filled to the brim with surprising revelations, thrills, and crowd-pleasing bursts of violence.
The Bad: The scope seems too narrow, with the action confined to a single location (the parents' house), when the final act begs for it to be expanded to the entire surrounding town. Could just be a budget limitation or my own personal preferences though.
Should You See It?: Yes. See it in the theater with a large, rambunctious crowd who doesn't know what they're in for. And then see it again to catch what you may have missed from all the laughing and cheering.
Star Rating: ****1/2 out of 5 stars.
Better Than: The Purge, Keanu
On Par With: The Cabin in the Woods, Shaun of the Dead
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