Admittedly, I am a little late to this party. When a movie gets too much hype, especially a horror movie, I lose interest. After several weeks of “best movie of the year” (it’s only April) and “You should see it several times” (is that because the plot is too convoluted for you to get it the first time?), I finally broke down and saw Us. Not scary enough to give me nightmares, the premise is just too farfetched to be frightening. I have seen more violence in a Bourne movie. Lupita Nyong’o does an amazing job playing the dual role of Adelaide/Dahlia. I don’t know why they even gave the doppelgangers names, none of the others speak. Shahadi Wright Joseph (Zora) and Evan Alex (Jason) also play their dual roles remarkably well. Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elisabeth Moss (The Old Man & the Gun) and Tim Heidecker round out the cast.
Jordan Peele (Get Out) does a fine job directing this film, it is taut and visceral. Both Us and Get Out are interesting films with a good cast. Peele’s genius lays in the release dates. March is just a time of “nothing to see”, so anything remotely good will become quite a money maker.
Our Rating for Us:
Official Synopsis for Us:
In order to get away from their busy lives, the Wilson family takes a vacation to Santa Cruz, California with the plan of spending time with their friends, the Tyler family. On a day at the beach, their young son Jason almost wanders off, causing his mother Adelaide to become protective of her family. That night, four mysterious people break into Adelaide’s childhood home where they’re staying. The family is shocked to find out that the intruders look like them, only with grotesque appearances.
Trailer for Us:
Us Q & A at South By Southwest 2019
|Principle Cast||Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker|
|Production Companies||Monkeypaw Productions|
|Run Time||116 minutes|
|Premier||South By Southwest 2019|