Film review: Us
Synopsis:A family holiday goes from serenity to horror when a group of doppelgangers starts to terrorise them.
Writer-director Jordan Peele follows his Oscar-winning directorial debut Get Out with Us, a modern horror masterpiece about doppelgangers.
Unique is the only way to describe Peele’s movies. He has a voice and vision that can’t be replicated and his work will have audiences hooked on every word or frame of film.
The buzz around Us has been palpable ever since the first trailer dropped and, while the film wont escape being compared to its flawless predecessor Get Out, it is a more-than-worthy second act.
It’s refreshing to see a new and original take on the horror genre, as opposed to the common Hollywood trope of serialising or remaking every horror film in existence. Us has certainly been rewarded at the box office, securing the highest weekend opening for an original horror movie.
The cinematography and scoring of the film are sublime, but where Us really sets itself apart is with its casting. The cast all pull double duties having to act not only as themselves but as their terrifying doppelgangers.
Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o steals the show with a performance that is as captivating as it is horrifying. Winston Duke provides the comic relief and Elizabeth Moss is a scene stealer every time she appears on screen.
Purposefully I have avoided discussing the films plot too much outside of saying it is about doppelgangers, as Us should not be spoiled and needs to be seen to be believed.
The film warrants multiple viewings just to pick up on all the little nuances that tie into its conclusion.
Overall, Us is a must-see for any horror fan. Even cinemagoers who aren’t a fan of the genre will find something to enjoy, thanks to Jordan Peele’s expert film making. Peele will again have all eyes on him when he announces a third film.
Final rating: 4.5/5
Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker.
If you like this, try:
Get out, The Conjuring, It Follows, The Shining, The Cabin in the Woods, Hereditary, The Babadook.