Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) is haunted by an unresolved traumatic childhood event. She returns to the location of the incident with her family (Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) for a summer holiday. One night to their horror they find a group of doppelgängers outside their house determined to get in. Us really benefits from the less you know the better, avoid the reviews, avoid any online discussions and go see it. You won’t be sorry, it’s creepy, it’s scary and it’s well worth the ticket price.
Now hopefully you’ll have a better experience than I did at my local cinema house, horror audiences tend to be the most disruptive of cinema audiences unfortunately. No film is going to benefit from someone else’s conversation but particularly a horror movie that relies on silence and atmosphere is going to suffer if you’ve got some absolute gobshites in the screen. So yes the experience was ruined for me a little, gotta hate my local cinema sometimes but I still managed to enjoy Us. From the opening scene you’re reeled into this story, the impending sense of doom is constant, it’s not just relying on endless jump scares, instead actually working at building up to a premise you can buy into and by the time the weird shit starts happening you can just sit back and let yourself be creeped out, scared and entertained. Maybe weird doesn’t even do it justice, it’s insane and although a little predictable at times and very in your face with the other film references I loved the idea for this story. The entire cast is giving it their all and more, double the roles and double the pressure. Lupita is exceptional, her performance will send chills down your spine. The casting could have easily ruined this film, it could have drifted into ridiculous but for the most part it didn’t. It does try to get the humour into it yet for me that wasn’t really working, it uses humour to defuse the tension and honestly I would have preferred if it didn’t. Jordan Peele set the bar very high with Get Out, and to be fair it’s a hard movie to follow. The mix of humour and horror worked very well in Get Out but for Us it just wasn’t doing it for me. I would have preferred all horror and no attempt at humour. I’m looking forward to see what Jordan Peele will make next, he’s creating horror movies that aren’t an endless parade of jump scares with little to no story whose sole purpose is to make as much money as possible. Horror fans get yourselves to a cinema and see Us. Highly recommended.
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