If you are looking for a fun and suspenseful film, you will probably enjoy this satirical horror movie about racism, especially the “pros and cons” of being Black! It’s a “Strange Brew” of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Stepford Wives,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” and “Frankenstein”! There is also plenty of humor along the way.
Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) have been dating for a while, and Rose wants Chris to meet her parents and spend the weekend with them. She hasn’t bothered to tell them that Chris is Black, but she reassures him that her parents are progressives and everything will be fine. Chris understandably has some anxiety about the weekend. His good friend who works for the TSA (‘Lil Rel’ Howery) thinks that he shouldn’t even go.
Chris and Rose arrive at her parents’ large estate and are greeted warmly. The Groundskeeper and the Housekeeper, however, are acting weird and unnatural. Something doesn’t seem right, and this uneasiness increases as the film progresses.
Rose’s mother, Missy (a terrific Catherine Keener), is a hypnotist. Her father, Dean (Bradley Whitford), thinks it would be a good idea for Missy to hypnotize Chris to help him stop smoking. I can’t say any more about the plot, but, as the weekend progresses, things get increasingly bizarre and scary. It’s a mystery about what’s really going on.
I saw it in San Francisco with my close friends Stan and Beth. Stan correctly pointed out the “lack of believability, inconsistencies, and numerous loose ends” which turned him off, but Robin, Beth, and I didn’t care and we all enjoyed it. Even though the film has some flaws, it’s so creative and original that it’s worth a trip to the BS. The Writer/Director (Jordan Peele) is very talented and I look forward to future films from him.
The bottom line from here is “Get Out” of the house and go see it!