My Favorite Things of 2017 - Day #22

Every once in a while a movie comes from an unexpected source and is released to the perfect storm of time and place.

When Jordan Peele, one half of comedy duo Key and Peele, announced he was making a horror movie, it is safe to say that most reactions were 'What? A horror movie?'

What he delivered was one of the best, and funniest, horror films of recent times. Get Out is both a creative horror film, darkly humorous, and a biting social commentary. All without ever feeling like it has to preach.

When photographer Chris gets invited to meet his Girlfriend Rose's family, he expects it will just be the regular racism of everyday society that he encounters in the affluent white community. What lies beneath goes deeper of course. The film goes places you don't expect in all the best ways. This could have been leaden or heavy handed in the wrong hands, but Peele handles directorial responsibilities with aplomb. It has a light touch where needed, and his comedic sensibilities are put to good use without ever going to far. 

It is unnervingly brilliant.

There is a brilliant restraint to the whole thing, as the director is happy to let the characters tell the story, and the performances oblige. Peele also manages to avoid the potential for obvious moralizing. The message is all the more effective for it.

An unexpectedly fantastic film.