In 2016 – beginning of 2017 for South Africa – the comedian and filmmaker Jordan Peele stunned the cinema audience with Get Out, a brilliant horror satire that deals with the topic of racism. The film came out of nowhere and earned the author-director-producer a series of awards, including a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The question was whether Peele would find the magic again with his second effort for the big screen and his second genre piece. Few creators can match the impact of their outburst, but Peele does it with Us.
That is, it makes no sense to make a comparison
between out and us. They are very different films. The latter is more horror
as a satire, although it is no less funny, with a lot of humor of
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For the record, Us centers on the Wilsons, a four-headed middle-class black family who has just arrived for a summer vacation in a lakefront home near Santa Cruz, California. However, mother Adelaide (Lupita Nyong'o) is uncomfortable because years ago she had traumatic experiences on the same beach pub. As a little girl in 1986, she apparently met her apparent doppelganger in a hall of mirrors. Fast forward to the present, and after a leisurely set-up where you can really connect with the family, the Wilsons discover four silhouetted figures holding their hands in the driveway.
This turns Us from a kind of horror-filled suspense to one of the best horror movies ever made at home. Later it offers its own exploration of the mysterious Apocalypse outside the blue sky (think of Bird Box and The Happening) and rejuvenates the overplayed zombie scenario with its energy and its logically restrained protagonists. We are a perfect example of why cinema benefits from different, new perspectives.
Of course it helps that Jordan Peele has control of the many elements of the film. Together with a clever score, Us is beautifully filmed and staged. The movie is full of visually striking moments, just like Get Out. Who would have thought that on a sunny day, an overhead shot was made by people walking on sand and all their beach items were so scared?
Then there are the performances. While everyone is strong
In her dual role, Lupita Nyong'o dominates the film
It will not be forgotten when the awards season finally rolls over. The
Elisabeth Moss of Handmaid's Tale and Mad Men is also fun as a spoiled, spoiled actress who becomes a housewife.
If you just want to enjoy Us as a skin-creeping but exciting survival horror, you can do so. Claw beyond the surface and you will have to think about it a lot: public face and personal self, the unjust story to which we are all bound, how oppressed groups could be better equipped to survive if the chips fail. These topics are enforced in all areas, from the story to the smallest selection in production design. Consider for a moment the weaponlessness of the world of Us.
Apart from these positive qualities, Us is not perfect. After such a
ominous accumulation and gratifying relaxation of tensions is not the final act of the film
quite so strong. Like the big revelation of what really happens in Get Out, you are
I should not go into the nonsensical, logically challenging revelation here. There are
Also a last turn in Us, which illuminates certain plot points, but also
draws others into gloom. It feels like a last-minute complication
raises more questions than it answers.
At the same time, however, you are forced to think of everything that has gone before. There is no question that Us is multi-layered and elaborate. It is one of those movie experiences enriched by several considerations. So, get started now.
Last updated: March 28, 2019