This film has been hyped a lot recently and received loads of praise, so much that I’ve only seen one person so far say that they weren’t keen everyone else seems to love this. I’ve been wanting to see this for ages and finally got to, loads of hype and praise silly as it may sound can be off putting, surely people are exaggerating how good this is?
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener, Lil Rel Howery.
Run Time: 104 minutes
Budget: $5 million estimated
Tagline: Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome
Trivia – In a scene where Chris is talking to Georgina about his phone being unplugged in the bedroom, over his shoulder to the right, a poster is visible. The way the camera has cut off the poster, it appears to say “Chris is dead”
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So the hype was over it was time to watch this highly anticipated film and make my own opinion so I could review it for you good folk. The story starts off in typical horror fashion, a black man is walking at night when a car starts following him it’s not long until he snatched and choked out, a bleak beginning!
After that we’re introduced to loved up couple Chris who’s black and his girlfriend Rose who is white. The two are off to meet Rose’s family at a secluded house in the sticks somewhere, it’s clear once they’re there that her family are slightly racist and they make Chris feel extremely uncomfortable, hell I’d have been out of there straight away.
Once settled in Rose’s mother offers to hypnotize Chris to help him quit smoking, this is very important as the film moves on. Chris tells his friend Rod that he’s been hypnotized and Rod delivers a superb rant about white people using black people as sex slaves, even bringing Jeffrey Dahmer into things.
As Chris explores the place and meets people at an annual get together it’s clear that things are very weird especially for the black people that live there. They seem away with the fairies so to speak and it really starts to creep out Chris. Eventually he decides to leave after discovering some messed up stuff thing is as with all films that’s harder to do than simply getting in a car and going.
All this leads to one of the best half hours of film I’ve seen in a long time, the escape from the house and what happens around that escape and after was superb. After a slow build up we get some brutal and pretty bloody scenes as Chris tries to fight his way out of the things he has discovered.
- Whatever you think the big reveal is there’s a massive chance it’s more fucked up than whatever is on your mind.
- The acting is all top notch.
- The film is beautifully shot, every scene is nice to watch especially out door scenes.
- As I mentioned the last half hour or so was amazing, I loved the slow building pace of the film leading to that much excitement the pacing was nailed.
- I’m not really a fan of trippy stuff at times it annoys me however the way they put across the hypnosis was really well done and quite different.
- Chris should have listened to his friend and not gone there! I know it’d make a crappy film if he left after half and hour but seriously who stays around with all the weird stuff that goes on from him first arriving there!
- Slicking your hair back and wearing a tighter top makes you a villain?
- I wasn’t keen on the Rose character or her brother Jeremy at all.
- Rod provides some great comic relief throughout the film, his Jeffrey Dahmer rant and constant accusations that Chris will be turned into a sex slave were used at exactly the right times. This broke up the seriousness and consistently put a smile on my face despite the subject matter of the film.
If I’m honest (which I always am with my reviews) then the bad points I’ve listed really are nitpicking. This film lives up to every bit of hype it gets it’s simply put a brilliant watch, Daniel Kaluuya is superb as Chris and hopefully we’ll get to see him go on and be a success. This really is worth anyone’s time if you’re after something unique with a reveal that I wouldn’t have thought anyone could see coming.
Overall Rating – 9/10