Review: Us (2019)

Hello everybody!

Where do I even begin with this one? Absolute madness.

When I first learned that Jordan Peele was making another horror movie, I was super excited to see what he’d come up with. I had loved Get Out (2017). Then the trailers came out and it looked insane. What the hell was going on? Someone breaks in but.. it’s yourself? Doppelgängers? Only this man, I swear. Peele.

Now that I’ve seen Us, it makes sense that, unlike Get Out, this is a psychological horror film. And while Get Out had you questioning your entire existence, this really is full-on, “I’m about to pee myself” horror.

The story itself, the way these doppelgängers are used, is really creative and innovative. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Peele was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. I was creeped the hell out during the entire film. This not only because of the premise, but what I really enjoyed the most was the cast and music.

I love that Peele cast dark-skinned actors and made the entire family the same. Colorism in Hollywood is a real issue that isn’t talked about enough. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke were absolutely brilliant together. And the kids? So talented. They really freak you out. I must say, though, that Lupita Nyong’o stole the show on this one. Her performance was unbelievable. I am not even exaggerating. She owned both of her roles. Insane. I haven’t seen anything like it. And that voice? What in the world.

And this film’s music? I will never be able to listen to “I Got 5 On It” ever again without feeling strange. I am so glad Peele decided to work with Michael Abels again after their previous collaboration on Get Out. The musical choices were so interesting and unique, it made the entire film even more eerie than it already was.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I have to say that I’m not the biggest fan of its end. You could have seen it coming. But I still really enjoyed Us. It probably isn’t for everyone, though. I think that it’s a quite specific type of scary. I just happened to like it.

I have seen people criticising this film because it lacked solid social commentary like Get Out had but I didn’t go into this looking for that, so perhaps that’s why I speak so highly of Us. I don’t know whether Peele was looking to comment on society or the like with this movie or not.

letterboxd rating: 4.5 out of 5

I definitely recommend it!

Have you seen it? What did you think? Are you planning to see it?

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