I have been putting this film off for a while now. I remember seeing the trailer at the cinema and thinking it looked like a low budget horror, so really had no plans to see it. Then there started to be quite a lot of talk around the message it was trying to put across. Then the Oscars came and it won for best screen play and I thought I should really check it out.
So last night was the night and to be fair I haven’t really gained much from the experience. I agree it’s original but in my opinion it’s original because there was no need to make it. I get the message around racism to some extent, but for me this is lost with stereotyping. I don’t think it really achieves what it needs to.
The basic story is about a couple, the female being white and the male being black and its time to meet the parents. They live in part of the country where mixed race relationships are not the norm, so there is some anxiety for the black boyfriend before even heading there.
On arrival he is warmly welcomed into the family to a point where they are sycophantic. They start off raving about Obama to prove they are not racist, which if course raises suspicion. The servants are all black, which takes you back nearly 100 years, so it is clear not all is what it seems. I could go with it from that point, but it soon gets rather ridiculous!
The film moves onto hypnosis, surgical operations, brain swapping and some gory violence. It was like watching a hammer horror film dating back to the 60’s. I was half expecting Christopher Lee to turn up. There was very little suspense though and characters came to the conclusion around what was happening too quickly. The end was too sudden and could have been explored to a much better affect.
I won’t say my experience was awful, but on the other hand I really didn’t gain from it. If the writer was trying to tackle racism then it really didn’t work and the message was lost in the nonsense.