Us Movie Review
It's difficult to find a legitimate horror film nowadays that is altogether immersive, original, and frightening. Writer/director Jordan Peele succeeded with Us, a film that is unlike anything I've seen before. From the introduction of young Adelaide to her timid adult self, with hints sprinkled here and there, the structure was perfect and the ending was definitely unexpected.
The film follows the Wilson family who are on vacation in Santa Cruz, California. Their friends, the Tylers, have joined them in an effort to spend time together. As the vacation begins, Adelaide begins having flashbacks to a childhood trauma that occurred on the beach. Several unnerving coincidences puts Adelaide on edge, making her believe someone's after her. One night, a family of four break into the Wilsons' home and hold them hostage. But this is no ordinary break-in. The intruders look identical to the Wilsons. Now, not only do the Wilsons need to figure out who, or what, these doppelgangers are and what they want but they also have to find a way to escape.
Lupita Nyong'o and Elisabeth Moss both deserve awards for their performances. Keep in mind they played two characters each, the real them and their doppelgangers. The range they both displayed is something that requires raw talent, Lupita going from intense fear to protective momma to vengeful terror and Elisabeth letting her creepy side bubble to the surface. What an amazing payoff both of those performances were. Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex were also both outstanding in their dual roles, bringing the "creepy kid" vibe back to horror in a whole-new way.
Jordan Peele has a real gift for writing and directing. The fluid storytelling, the subtle imagery, and the emotional punches are just a few of the things that make this film work so well. What I loved most, however, was how Peele was able to keep the audience guessing until the shocking ending.
In conclusion, Us is Peele's second directorial outing and first original horror film. I think it's safe to say that he has a bright future ahead of him. I'm not sure how exactly the idea of Us came to him, if he dreamed it or if it just came to him, but let's hope the next nightmare he comes up with will be just as fresh and unnerving as Us. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
© 2019 Nathan Jasper