Thursday, February 23, 2017

Movie Review: Get Out does thrillers right

So let's cut to the chase.  Go see Get Out!  Now to the review.

Get Out is a very well-constructed psychological  thriller that keeps you engaged from start to finish.  Following a brief intro scene that sets the ominous tone of the movie the story starts with an interracial couple Chris and Rose played by Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams having pillow talk and planning a weekend trip to visit her family who happen to be white but very open to diversity; much to Chris's pessimism.  Race is immediately introduced as a central theme in this movie and quickly rears its ugly head following an incident on the highway involving a police officer.  

Once the two reach her family's secluded home all appears well and events unfold as Rose said they would.  Chris gets pulled into a tour highlighting culturally significant artifacts from around the globe and awkward statements on race, learns her mother is a psychiatrist specializing in hypnosis, and meets her nutty ass brother. Thanks to Rose's preparation Chris plays it cool and survives the afternoon.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Movie Review: John Wick Chapter 2

Before I begin this review of John Wick Chapter 2 I have a confession.  I did not watch the original John Wick until it made it to Blu-Ray.  I guess I had seen enough of Keanu Reeves wearing a court suite and fighting waves of minions.  When I first saw the original trailer for the first installment, my conditioned thinking wouldn't allow me to spend date night money on a movie I felt like I had seen before.  Obviously, my perspective changed after the first 10 minutes on my sectional.

Fast forward to this winter when I got my first glimpse of the Chapter 2 trailer and I knew I would not repeat the failure of my past with this character.