Hello again, blog lovers! After a brief “spring break” (which for grad students is just going about your life without having to go to class), I’m back! And man, do I have a review for you this week. As you all know, Jordan Peele has officially staked his claim in the horror movie canon after his hit “Get Out.” Just this past week, he came out with his latest creation, “Us.” It is so hard to talk about this movie without spoiling anything, but I will try my best!
The basic plot is that Adelaide (played by the incredible Lupita Nyong’o) fears that she has been followed since she was a little girl. The catch? Her stalker…is herself. One day, her husband Gabe (played by the equally incredible Winston Duke) decides to take her back to his wife’s incident first occurred, but is unaware of it, since she has never told him or her two children (played by the truly awesome kid actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex). And then, like in any good horror movie, Adelaide’s worst nightmares become reality.
In all honesty, that’s about all that I can say without spoiling anything. I know, I know, this isn’t much to go on as far as a horror movie plot. But guys, trust me…this movie is incredible. And it’s one you should see in a theatre with other people, for sure. I am a wimp for most horror movies, admittedly. I don’t like jump scares and the paranoid feeling you get when you go to sleep that night. But this was WORTH IT.
First of all, the acting here is truly incredible, especially for the four main characters. They all had to play two completely different characters and pulled it off beautifully. There were times when I forgot that I was watching an actor play off of themselves and not two separate actors. They were all amazing, but I have to mention Lupita again. Just forget about creating a Best Actress category for next year; don’t even bother. Just give it to her. This was the performance that’s going to change her career. Her performance could easily become one of those iconic performances in this genre, like Tippi Hedren in The Birds or Janet Leigh in Psycho. Peele could become a Hitchcock of sorts himself, if he continues to produce movies at this rate and this quality.
A little more on Peele now. It’s not a secret that he does everything with his movies- he writes, directs, and produces them. It’s insane to me that, just a few years ago, Peele was only known as a comedian. How is it possible that someone so naturally funny is also this twisted?! For the last half hour of this film, my arm was sore because I’d been gripping to my chair with all my might. It was terrifying, but I couldn’t look away. Peele made me keep guessing for every minute of the film and, once the ending was revealed, I immediately had to text a friend and talk to them about it. It leaves you wanting more, but not so much more that there could be a sequel. The audience is left to decide what happens once it cuts to black.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, you should go see Us before it leaves theaters! And just a word of advice- stay out of the hall of mirrors. It’s for your own good. Until next time, blog lovers!