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Us (2019) Review

by Yo Adrian on March 29th, 2019 | | , , ,

Us was directed by Jordan Peele (who also directed Get Out) and stars Lupita Nyong’o (from Little Monsters), Elisabeth Moss (from The Attic, Midnight’s Child) and Anna Diop (from The Keeping Hours). It’s about a family terrorized by a group of doppelgangers hell-bent on revenge.

Us Review

Went to see Us on opening weekend with high hopes coming off Get Out. And I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. Jordan Peele is going to be around for a very long time, especially considering the movie pulled in nearly 6x its budget in the first week alone.

This movie really worked on all levels. It’s firmly rooted in horror, the story is compelling, there’s a ton of foreshadowing and symbolism, the cinematography is beautiful, the acting is seriously impressive and the soundtrack is dope.

The acting in particular carried this movie. The cast had to play two roles, themselves and their doppelgangers, which was especially impressive considering the doppelgangers didn’t really seem human. And they nailed this ambiguity perfectly.

There’s a lot of tension created throughout Us, but with welcomed bits of comic relief, which I personally thought made the movie entertaining. Horrors don’t have to be horrific from start to finish to be scary.

One thing I have a problem with, maybe the only thing, is how Us is being touted as being unique and how Jordan Peele is now some kind of new horror visionary. The story had a unique angle and the movie was super polished overall which helps keep you engaged, but it’s not unique. It’s essentially a home invasion movie that leads into a cat and mouse sequence and finishes with a twist that’s mostly predictable. It’s actually very similar to a couple of well-known movies, but I can’t really name them without risking spoilers. But this gripe is a very minor one that did not soften the impact of the movie whatsoever.

Us was a very solid follow up to Get Out and I look forward to seeing what else Jordan Peele has up his sleeve for us in the future.

Worth Watching?

If you like home invasion movies, hell yes. It actually has quite a few layers and should probably be watched twice to get the full effect.



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