Us – 2019

  • Originality: It’s good to see that Jordan Peele wasn’t a one-hit wonder. There’s a strong case to be made that this film is as good as his previous one, but it is certainly the better horror film. The concept of doppelgängers is perfect for a horror movie and Peele gives weight to this world by tying it in to the class differences which feels a little on the nose. [4.0]
  • Performances: Lupita Nyong’o deserves the highest possible praise for her dual role here and her ability to switch between hero and villain shouldn’t go unnoticed. The chilling nature of the doppelgängers gives the other case members a chance to be imposing and frightening, but, other than Nyong’o, none quite live up to the potential of this film. [4.0]
  • Technicality: There are certain expectations in horror movies, but Peele tries to circumvent some of those tropes such as setting much of this film during the daytime and focusing as much on the psychological elements as well as the traditional jump scares which are to be expected in a horror film. Peele continues to demonstrate his talent for putting his camera right where it needs to be. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: This film was pretty scary and I can’t say that I plan to revisit it frequently, but it is deserving a watch around Halloween each year and will fit in perfectly with that tone. I expect great things from Peele and will likely watch this down the road to compare and contrast his future offerings with this one, not sure if it can get much better. [4.0]

Total – [16.5/20.0]


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