Date watched: Saturday 13th January 2017
Format: Digital download
Year released: 2017
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “It’s time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.”
I’m finding it difficult to put my feelings for this movie into words and I don’t really understand why. I’m not really sure what I expected going in to this movie, but what I got at the end was nothing like what I imagined it was going to be.
I was expecting some slasher type movie from the trailer, with Chris ending up getting chased by crazy racists in the town where his girlfriend lives when she takes him home to meet her family. Honestly, I’m not even sure you can really call this a movie about race. It’s very difficult to explain without giving away the whole plot of the movie, but there are some impressive twists and turns along the way that never end up where you think they’re going to go.
The acting in this movie was superb: Daniel Kaluuya was absolutely phenomenal in the lead role, playing a character who is all to used to the prejudice he thinks he is experiencing while at the same time noticing that something else is going on here. Allison Williams as his girlfriend, Rose, was also impressive, managing to play two completely different parts unbelievably at the same time (to say more would reveal spoilers). The acting overall was superb from everyone involved, and to go into detail would reveal too much plot.
This movie is best seen without experiencing spoilers for the first time you watch it, though that seems obvious. However, knowing where it all ends up it would be interesting to go back and watch it again and I imagine there’d be a completely different analysis of the movie upon a second viewing, and maybe even a third or fourth viewing. It is classified as a thriller, and it certainly manages to keep you on the edge of your seat as you’re watching, with twists and turns around every corner.
My rating: 8/10