Finally doing a review of a new movie. If you are reading this you probably already know that this movie is the directorial effort of Jordan Peele, from Key and Peele. It has some good laughs but is a straight up horror/thriller before it is all over.
A black photographer named Chris is heading to the woods for the weekend to visit his white girlfriend's family for the first time. He has anxiety that they will not react well to the interracial aspect. His girlfriend assures him they are liberal and fine with it. On the way, they hit a deer (which we don't get the significance of until later), deal with a rude state trooper and argue about Chris's smoking habit. Once the action settles at the family home, things get creepy. There is a handyman and a maid who are both just a little too cheerful and accommodating. There is a brother who is a little too into MMA. When the parents throw a party and invite scores of white people who ask weird and inappropriate questions of Chris, things get extra shady. And did I mention the mom of the family hypnotizes him without his consent to get his mind off cigarettes? Even if nothing sinister were going on, this would be a hellish weekend for our main character.
Once the big reveal happens, we get some solid horror action and some revelations that make you want to rewatch the whole movie. There are solid laughs (thanks mostly to Chris's TSA friend who gets suspicious of the whole enterprise) and some top notch acting from Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Cooper, Katherine Keener as well as the rest of the cast.
Seeing this with a good crowd may be the key to getting the most from it but I would put this at a solid B, maybe B+.