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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Get Out (2017)

A black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) drive out to the country home of her wealthy parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford). However, it isn't long before he gets the feeling that something is terribly wrong ..... and he's right! Written and directed by the comedy actor and writer Jordan Peele, this is a cleverly constructed horror film with generous doses of comedy (most of it provided by Lil Rel Howery). It's not particularly original, it's essentially THE STEPFORD WIVES with black people but Peele taps into the black paranoia (usually justified) that white people are out to get them. Peele keeps the viewer off kilter for most of the film and if the film's finale can't sustain the superb inventiveness leading up to it, it's not a deal breaker and he's wise enough not to give us the downbeat ending that it teases us with. The British Kaluuya is excellent in the lead role, he has the difficult job of anchoring the film as the insanity starts whirling around him. As much as I greatly enjoyed it though, I wish I weren't always one step ahead of it right through the end. With Caleb Landry Jones, Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson. 

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