Get Out (2017)

Jordan Peele is annoyingly talented.

Not only does he, in his first film, try to blend together three genres (horror, comedy, social commentary) - any two of which are normally enough to cause a film to fall on its face - but he's doing it without any big name stars to lean on. And, of course, this is 'Black' cinema: no-one wants to watch that. So Hollywood thinks.

Well, this theoretical train-wreck is already the most successful film of all time based on an original screenplay by a debut writer/director.

Because it's really good.

All the bits work: this is important. If you set out to make a horror-comedy about white liberal racism, then it needs to be as properly scary and funny as it is disturbing. And Get Out is very disturbing.

Fine performances all round too. Daniel Kaluuya is extremely watchable, despite Samuel L. Jackson's objections, and Allison Williams and the great Catherine Keener are especially sinister as mother and daughter monsters hiding beneath a veneer of wealthy respectability.

In a funny way the film it most reminded me of was 2009's underrated genre gem Black Dynamite. Star and co-writer Michael Jai White (between one-liners and head-kicks) similarly explored the culturally sensitive idea that the only black people that white people find acceptable are those whose minds and bodies have been mangled, to fit a white mould.

I also enjoyed the Itchy & Scratchy Land reference.