Get Out ★★★½

It's refreshing to have a horror movie return to its roots, that being of poignant social commentary. In the vain of Frankenstien and Night of the Living Dead, Peele is getting to the source of the other and how minority groups are treated by society. It just so happens that in Get Out the racial subtext that other films have used in the past are fully realized text here. He's presenting the black experience of how uncomfortable it can be to interact with white people but in this case giving said white people more sinister of motives. The film plays out in a Stepford Wives scenario where Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents who live in the affluent suburbs. You always know something's off as no smile from the white hairs seems genuine but even though Peele gives you all the clues to what is occurring in the shadows, I at least did not connect the pieces until the finale which is a proper "oh shit" moment. There are some fantastic break-out performances aside from Kaluuya, Girl's Allison Williams proves her acting chops with some unexpected character twists and Lil Rel Howery plays Chris' best friend Rod who gets a large moment to shine as he becomes a one-man detective agency to find his missing companion. The comedy comes through heavy in his scenes but it's a dark satire throughout. The slow burn build up presents the general awkward conversation that a white person could have with a black man like saying how much he loves Obama and Tiger Woods but amongst the humor, the tension builds with a terrific, fast-moving finale. I have no idea if Peele plans to continue his directorial career but I could use more horror movies as good as this.