Director: Jordan Peele
Talent: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener
Release Date: 17th March
The racism of the “well-intentioned” white liberal has proven fertile ground for awkward laughs with sketch duo and erstwhile court comedians of the Obama regime, Key and Peele; here Jordan Peele, in his writing and directing debut, amps up similar tensions to produce a rather unique comedy of manners-suspense-horror hybrid.
The story: Rose (Williams) brings Chris (Kaluuya) to visit her parents (Keener and Whitford) for the first time, however, she has not yet told them that he is black. She assures him this is a non-issue, but Chris begins to suspect the opposite very soon after arriving at their country mansion. To this end, Peele’s ear for a conversational clanger is unmatched, and he takes palpable joy in ratcheting up the cringes while fostering a genuine and underlying air of menace.
It’s almost enough to forgive the film’s all-out horror ending, in which his bolt is shot far too early for proceedings to truly unsettle. He’s a concept guy, not an action guy: that’s fine, and this film is too.
Words – Oisín Murphy-Hall