Us (2019)

us-movie-review-2019-jordan-peeleDirector: Jordan Peele

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 116 Minutes

Main Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop

Plot: Adelaide is anxious whilst on holiday with her family whilst remembering a traumatic childhood incident that happened on the same beach. Later that night, her family are terrorised by a family who look exactly like they do.

My Thoughts: I almost wussed out and didn’t watch Us, but the comedic genius Jordan Peele is behind the wheel and I enjoyed his last movie Get Out (2017) so I really didn’t want to miss out. I won’t openly talk about spoilers here but if you’re planning on watching the movie I strongly encourage you to go in knowing as little as you can. One thing is certain – Jordan Peele makes great horror movies!

The movie dives right into the creepiness straight away rather than building it up, as we watch a young Adelaide become separated from her Father and wanders into a house of mirrors. That’s a big nope from me! The scares don’t come at you all at once, instead, there’s a constant level of tension that runs throughout the entire movie, so you can never really let your guard down. I much prefer that to a sequence of jump scares followed by nothing exciting.

I’ll be honest – I don’t think I actually understand all of this movie. There’s so much to unpack. I was a little disappointed with the ending and the ‘twist’, mainly because the idea had already sprung into my mind in the opening scene. Once you start to think of the implications of it all though, that’s where it gets interesting. Lupita Nyong’o was absolutely incredible in the 2 roles that she played, I don’t think I’ll ever get her ‘creepy’ voice out of my head!

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Us is one of those movies that demands a rewatch if you’re brave enough. It’s also a lot funnier than I expected it to be!

Best Bit: The friend’s smart speaker, ‘Ophelia’ being an ass like all smart speakers are. “Ophelia, call the police!”
“Ok. Playing ‘F**k tha Police’ by N.W.A.”

Worst Bit: When ‘Red’ explained who the ‘tethered’ are. I think I might have actually groaned out loud from the pain in my head of trying to make sense of it all. The more I think about it, the more confused I feel!

Fun Trivia: While the Wilsons are in the Tylers’ house, Jason eats a bowl of dry Froot Loops. This references a scene in Jordan Peele’s previous movie, Get Out (2017), in which Rose Armitage eats dry Froot Loops and drinks milk from “segregated” glasses.

My Rating: 4 bunny rabbits out of 5…why, do you ask? Honestly, I wish I could tell you, but I feel like they were important to the storyline somehow!

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9 thoughts on “Us (2019)

  1. I was so incredibly surprised by this and completely sucked in. I loved how open-ended it is especially considering that Peele hasn’t ruled out revisiting the “Us” universe.

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  2. I was like you, when the twist was reveled that thought had popped into my head earlier but I had completely forgotten about it by the time it came around. I would like to see this a second time because there’s a lot to think about.

    I liked how subtle the humor was. That really worked well.

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  3. Eh I’m inclined to think there isn’t that much to unpack but there are huge chunks of story missing that he didn’t know how to explain and just wanted the audience to fill in the gaps

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