It is hard to describe Jordan Peele’s directorial debut as anything other than a very very dark comedy. For a comedian that stared in roles on Mad TV and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele, this entire plot line was a refreshingly unexpected since it turned out to be a sci-fi mystery thriller masterpiece for the ages. The story is so well executed and poignant that it received high praise at Sundance and multiple Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (which it won!) and Best Actor. You definitely must watch it to understand why it is so unique and valuable.
Presenting a dark twisted satire on race and social expectations, Peele presents a love story gone terribly wrong. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Black Panther), falls in love with Rose (Allison Williams) and agrees to go leave the comfort and anonymity of the city to meet her very white, very affluent parents. Charmingly disarming at first, the family begins to impose their beliefs on Chris who is now trapped in the middle of a community that has a creepy obsession with Black people. He relies on his friend Rod Williams, TSA, to figure out how to get out of a situation that makes him grow paranoid and apprehensive by the second.
With appearances by Catherine Keener (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Being John Malkovich), Stephen Root (NewsRadio) and Bradley Whitford (West Wing) the cast delivers stellar performances that leave you wondering if what you are being led to perceive is real. The music and sound effects take you on a wild ride from which you too will want to escape before you lose your sanity. Make sure you are in good company when watching this film. Its central themes are ripe for hours of stimulating conversation.
Check it out this 99% Fresh rated (Rotten Tomatoes) before it leaves theaters or wait for it on DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand.