Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Get Out

The suburbs aren't really this bad. Honest. As much satire as horror, Jordan Peele's delightful film delivers a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) into the mostly-white suburbia of his girlfriend's (Allison Williams) parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford). From the start, it's obvious to Chris that something is off with the household, the family's strange black servants (Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel), and the glut of odd-acting neighbors and friends Chris meets the following day.

Clever and wryly entertaining, the first-half of the movie would work terrifically as an episode of The Twilight Zone as Chris' paranoia increases to a fever-pitch. The discovery of what is really going on in the sleepy suburb is more than a little odd, as Chris' loud-mouth-conspiracy-obsessed pal (LilRel Howery) suspects, but leads the character into a final act where he's forced to confront childhood issues and make a stand if he has any hope to make it out of the suburbs alive.

Far more successful than Peele's last screenplay, Get Out is a stunning directorial debut. Presented through the eyes of Chris, we follow him down the rabbit hole from what on the surface looks to be nothing more than a slightly-racist community that in fact is something far more insidious. Surprising and unexpected, Peele gets terrific performances out of his cast, especially Kaluuya, as he leads us through his character's bizarre journey.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, extras include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, Q&A with the cast, commentary by the director, and a featurette.

[Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $22.98 / DVD $19.98]

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