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Film Review: Jordan Peele’s “Us”

An ambiguous(ish) review of a spoiler-heavy movie

So basically here’s what happens in Us: ️✂️️️⛰️ Makes sense?

Honestly, I’m not sure how to best approach reviewing Jordan Peele’s latest film. TLDR, I loved it a lot, and I think you should go see it. However, it’s also a very weird and confusing movie, and if that’s not your thing, then it might disappoint you. Just be warned and try to go in with an open mind.

In the film, the Wilson family goes on vacation to the beach town of Santa Cruz. However, their summer home gets invaded one night by people who look just like them. Where did these doubles come from? What do they want? The only way for the Wilsons to find out is to fight against their look-alikes.

While Jordan Peele is still playing in the sandbox of the horror genre, he’s switched his tools this time around.

Get Out was like an Excel graph: it presented itself very concisely and was pretty easy to follow. Meanwhile, Us is a Rorschach test drawn in blood. Two people can look at it and get totally different meanings out of it, both equally valid.

I bet that many people who will see Us will be disappointed by its lack of clear answers, and that’s fair. There’s definitely something unsatisfying about that.

But I think if you go into Us expecting a scary and funny movie that also makes you think about deeper issues of our society without imposing its opinion on you, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it at least a little bit.

Cinematic report card:

Acting: 

Direction:  ‍

Soundtrack: 

Cinematography: ️

Writing: ⁉️

Final score: ✂️✂️✂️✂️

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