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Us

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex
Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele
Producer: Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, Sean McKittrick
Production Company: Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment, Blumhouse Productions
Maturity Rating: R
Release Date: March 22, 2019

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to a beach house for a family get away with friends. Things go from fun to terrifying once doppelgangers of the Wilson family appear and begin to target them.

 

Jordan Peele’s Sophomore Feature Is No ‘Get Out’

 

Jordan Peele’s Us was a major hit at the South by Southwest (SXSW) event earlier this month in Austin, Texas. The early reception was mostly positive, and now I can see why. Us isn’t as straight forward in its concept as Peele’s debut film Get Out, and that is probably what he intended. Wanting to go bigger, the Academy Award-winning director has crafted a film that audiences will interpret in several ways.

Michael Abdel returns to once again add a menacing score to Peele’s twisted work. However, illogical writing rears its ugly head as the credits near. And the plot holes become more apparent as the truth is revealed. Despite that, Us is an unsettling and entertaining follow-up from Peele who avoids the sophomore slump. 

What’s The Story?

Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Evan Alex in Us (2019) Photo by Claudette Barius - © Universal Pictures
Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Evan Alex in Us (2019) Photo by Claudette Barius – © Universal Pictures

Us follows Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o), who accompanied by her family returns to her childhood beachfront. Upon arrival, Adelaide begins to feel like something bad is about to happen to her family. As night falls, her fears become a reality when doppelgangers of the entire family appear to wreak havoc. Winston Dukes, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex round out the cast with Nyong’o.

Terror ensues once the doppelgangers arrive and set their sights on the Wilson’s. However, as the story progresses the simplicity shown in the trailers goes right out the window. Us is a much more complicated film than what it appears, and it works on multiple levels. Several double meanings exist in this film, which is why it will probably get talked about just as much as Get Out did.

Initial Thoughts

Everyone is incredible in their respective roles across the board, but Nyong’o steals the show with her tour de force performance as Adelaide. Nyong’o is the key piece to the overall story, so she gets more time to shine. Peele makes it clear through several clues and visual foreshadowing that these doppelgangers are here to represent a real-world issue. That issue being societies inability to talk about how we individually contribute to our own pending demises. Also, Peele’s background is rooted in comedy, so expect lots of laughs throughout the film.

Us is a terrifying look through the looking glass that questions how Americans can live with their true nature. Despite not being as polished as Get Out, Peele has proved he is not a one-hit wonder. The film will feel like a two-hour long Twilight Zone episode, but it’s all worth it. Peele’s latest commentary on America is an engaging thrill-ride that will leave audiences floored after the first watch. Rather than being a topic of race, Us is about the side of everyone that has been suppressed and is finally breaking out.

Final Verdict

While it is not an overall better-crafted film compared to Get Out, Peele’s sophomore feature is worth checking out. You may think you have the entire story figured out going into Us, but be prepared to have Peele take you down several twists and turns along the way. Us is flawed in its story, but the performances, score, and several other factors make up for Peele’s messy writing. 

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Eric Trigg

Fan of horror movies, supernatural series, and yes the old school is better than the new. I am a youtuber where i post movie news, and reviews the channel name is critical overlord.

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