3/4

Get Out [2017] ★★★

 It came out of nowhere. First time director Jordan Peele, working with a tight budget (around $5 million), has managed to craft one of the year’s most profitable horror/slasher/comedy/satirical movies ($149 million at last count). So what’s all the fuss about? On the surface, it sounds like a mix between “Guess who’s coming to dinner” and “Meet The Parents”: Chris (a terrific Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) drive off to meet her parents one weekend. “Have you told them I’m black?” he asks her. At first, everything seems normal. The parents (played by Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) seem genuinely welcoming. But then (and I won’t say how) tension builds and builds and builds and that is my cue to shut up. But make no mistake: all this tension will fry your nerves and creep you out big time while keeping you guessing at every turn. When asked why he made this movie in particular, director Jordan Peele said that he wanted to make a movie he hadn’t seen before. He’s right. “Get Out” will get you good, proving you don’t need stars or computer generated tricks to craft a solid horror flick. You will love it.

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