March 22, 2019

Us is in theaters on March 22nd, 2019.

Usually, I am not a fan of horror films, but recent films like IT, A Quiet Place, and Get Out have left me surprised and very satisfied when leaving the theater. Jordan Peele knocked my socks off with Get Out, and although Us looked much scarier, he deserved my attention with his second film.

Us is an incredible concept. What happens when a family shows up at your house to kill you and it IS you? I thought this idea was explored in an original way and did not disappoint. This is a horror film with a lot of blood, murder and creepiness, but it is also much more than that. Jordan Peele’s writing is fantastic. The dialogue from the characters, although much of it is exposition explaining the crazy world being created on screen, is smart, unique, and exciting. I cannot wait to see what his creativity brings us all in the future.

Lupita Nyong'o is the star of this film. Her performance is incredible, and I am so thankful to her that she would even accept a role like this in a horror film. Winston Duke plays her husband, who is also fantastic, but I wish he had more to do in terms of the horror. He seems to be left behind in a lot of ways. Winston and the two young actors playing their children have some great moments, and they’re also used for most of the comedic relief in the movie.

This movie is surprisingly hilarious! It can seem out of place at times, cracking jokes or acting too normal in a situation of this magnitude, but Peele seems to fit the comedic moments into the perfect points that need levity, and most had the entire theater laughing hysterically. I’m unsure of what this film will be in the eyes of the general audience. I’ve already seen critics calling it a masterpiece, and I witnessed a theater full of people being completely confused leaving the screening with me. I think it will require multiple viewings, because this film is smarter than most of us and has many layers to peel away. Overall, I would say after having time to think on it, it’s a great film. I think it loses its feet every once in a while, and it uses a lot of exposition with speeches to explain what it’s trying to show you, which gets old quickly, but it takes a lot of risks and most of them pay off.

Most definitely check this movie out! It deserves your money and your many conversations with people afterwards figuring things out. It doesn’t have many jump scares but keeps you on the edge of your seat for much of the movie. I really look forward to seeing it again!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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