Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean.
At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
Tashneem– Let me start by saying that this is a MUST WATCH for every fan of the cult classic The Outer Limits and Twilight Zone!
Jordan Peele from the famous comedy duo ‘Key and Peele’ brings us his first directorial debut with an outstanding and entertaining satire psychological horror/thriller. Even with its dark elements, there is still a great sense of humour that’s included in the movie. Peele took a risk when he decided to include the clever ‘Key and Peele’ kind of hilarity in this kind of genre and in his first film (he also happens to be the screenwriter).
When the protagonist Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) decides to visit his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) family, strange and unexplained things start happening. Chris thinks he is going crazy and the only person he can speak to is his best friend Rod (LilRel Howery), who takes the piss out of the situation of a black man visiting his white girlfriend’s family. I loved LilRel Howery, he stole the show and I now want to see him in every movie! There isn’t a scene with him in it that isn’t bloody funny. He offers great after-effect comic relief to those jump scare and creepy scenes, all this without taking away the essence of the horror/thriller.
The film intelligently focuses on race in a dark and twisted way, but also brings that element of reality and truth. Even with the big risk Peele took, it pays off as it was executed so brilliantly. It reminded so much of any episode of The Outer Limits, X-Files, Masters of Horror and Twilight Zone. A fantastic warped ‘what if?’ situation that’s been prolonged from 40 minutes to 2 hours.
This film is so fresh and original and I was amused and enthralled till the very end, I have to give it 9/10!
It’s out this weekend so go watch it!!!