Us (2019) – Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele who delivered the incredible Get Out, followed it up with Us, another highly enjoyable horror film layered with scares and social commentary.

While there may be some flaws in the film it doesn’t change the fact that it’s hugely enjoyable, filled with fascinating twists and turns, and a fantastic performance by the always incredible Lupita Nyong’o.

Adelaide Wilson (Nyong’o) is haunted by an incident from her past (which includes a fun little nod to The Lost Boys) when she encountered something strange in a hall of mirrors. Now, she and her family, husband Gabe (Winston Duke), daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and son Jason (Evan Alex) have returned to the area for a summer getaway and to see some friends.

Adelaide is nervous about the whole affair from the off, but everyone catches up to that feeling when a group of strangers show up at the end of their driveway watching them.

But they aren’t strangers. They’re Us, or rather dark copies of the entire Wilson family referred to as the Tethered, and they want the lives they’ve been denied all this time.

Peele who serves as both writer and director knows how to crank up the tension, throw in some solid laughs, and deliver commentary on society.

There’s been something strange going on underground, something that is hinted at in the opening text of the film, but no one will be ready for where the story is going and what it will mean for the characters.

Nyong’o and the rest of the cast all get to deliver dual performances, but it is Nyong’o who shines as both versions of Adelaide turning in a truly nerve-shattering performance. She has quickly become one of my favourite actors, and I delight in any role she takes on, but I loved her work here with Peele.

Peele loves his genre films, and there are a number of wonderful references, not only to The Lost Boys but to The Goonies, The Shining, Friday the 13th, Jaws and others. He doesn’t let any of them detract from the story, but eagle-eyed viewers and film lovers will catch them and take extra joy from their viewing.

There are hints and layers to almost everything in the film, and each viewing can reveal more and more, this is a film, like Peele’s previous one, that seems to improve with each viewing.

Peele has become one of those directors that I now anticipate for each and every project that comes along. I can’t wait to see what he does next!!

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