Sinister Screens

Us (2019) ★★★★


Not sure why it took me so long to review this. I believe it was because I always needed to watch it again to really grasp the entire scope of this film to do it justice in a review.

Us is a gripping and thought-provoking horror movie that leaves a lasting impact. Director Jordan Peele proves his prowess in crafting a narrative that is both chilling and socially relevant. The film’s premise is ingeniously original, exploring the duality of human nature in a way that’s both unsettling and mesmerizing.

The concept of the doppelgänger being used in film is seldom pulled off and, in particularly, done this well. The similarities to each characters’ tethered contrasts with the eerie differences, the menacing others coming across seemingly animalistic in their demeanor.

The performances from the cast, particularly Lupita Nyong’o in a dual role, are nothing short of phenomenal. Nyong’o’s portrayal of both Adelaide and her doppelgänger is hauntingly brilliant.

Peele’s direction is masterful, creating a tense and atmospheric experience that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The use of symbolism and metaphor adds layers of depth to the story, inviting audiences to ponder its deeper meanings long after the credits roll.

The only things holding Us back from getting that rare 4.5-star or even 5-star review from me is because I felt the scope of the uniqueness was lost with the hands-across-America concept. This made it less real and less gripping that the event was also happening outside of this particular family. I felt it would have been more effective if framed in a way of what transpired with this one family may or may not be the start of something on a larger scale. That would have made it easier to suspend disbelief.

Us is a movie that entices multiple viewings to fully appreciate its intricacies. It’s a rare gem in the horror genre, offering both scares and substance in equal measure. If you’re a fan of intelligent, thought-provoking cinema, this is an absolute must-see.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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