Wow. This film definitely is not anything like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. I remember first seeing this trailer a couple of months ago and expecting it to be some poorly executed, cliche horror flick that has a three-week run, and then disappears forever.
But then I saw the ever-so-rare perfect score of 100-percent on Rotten Tomatoes and I was intrigued.
This movie (written and directed by the awesome Jordan Peele) was scary, absolutely hilarious, and insightful all at the same time.
Besides the main horror story in which we see a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) trapped among some sketchy folks who seem to be modern slave owners while visiting his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents, this is tale that opened my middle-class white boy eyes.
It’s pretty easy for me to think being the only black man in a room full of white people isn’t such a big deal, but of course it almost never is a stress-free experience. People will look at you differently, ask you things they wouldn’t anybody else, and adjust their choice of words based on your race, even if they don’t realize it.
I like to think in my naive head that walking through white suburbia is a stress-free experience for people of all races, but that of course is not the case. People will keep an extra eye on you, and you will feel the unfair scrutiny. That is what this story said to me in terms of race in our modern society.
But beyond the thought provoking aspects, what an awesome little film. In a span of 30 seconds, you could be cracking up, freaking out, and then laughing again. And in the end we find a story that almost feels like a cross between something by Quentin Tarantino and M. Night Shyamalan in all the best ways.
I gotta say, somebody at Universal really dropped the ball by dropping this thing in February. GO SEE IT!