Monday, June 5, 2017

Get Out

Against his better judgement and the jocular warnings of a friend, a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) leaves the city and travels with his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her moneyed parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) at their secluded estate and finds his worst fears realized when backslapping and phony attempts at bonding turn into something far more sinister. Jordan Peele's Get Out makes amusing and sardonic commentary on progressive attitudes towards race but as a horror movie—for which it was heavily billed—is dearly lacking, with way too much set-up, even well after the audience knows what's going on, and a spectacularly unimaginative and routine ending. Kaluuya makes a commiserable and personable lead.
** 1/2 out of ****