Us (2019)

  • Gist: The less you know the better, but it’s suspense-horror comparable in tone to Jordan Peele’s first film Get Out!.
  • Structure: My favorite for suspense-horror–50% creepy mystery followed by 50% BATTLE!
  • Lupita Nyong’o: If the Academy weren’t an elitist insult, I would say Nyong’o deserves Best Actress AND Best Supporting Actress nods for this one.
  • Symbolism: Oh no, I’m not one to blandspeak good art, but symbols abound. I expect what it means depends on where you come from.
  • Scissors: 8 (or 16? What is one scissor??)
  • Rabbits: Way, way too many!
  • Jump scares: Just enough.
  • Jeremiah 11:11: Therefore, thus says the LORD, Behold, I am bringing disaster upon them that they cannot escape. Though they cry to me, I will not listen to them. [Make a wish!]
  • Expendable white characters: 8
  • Expendable black characters: Depends on your interpretation. I say none.
  • Kid characters: Excellent part for and performance from Shahadi Wright Joseph. Kids so rarely get good support roles.
  • Coherence?: Maybe logic doesn’t hold entirely, but is perfectly clear start to finish.

Conclusion: Jordan Peele proves that the potency of suspense-horror inspired by shared fears and social evils has not slackened just because weak examples have multiplied. We can still be drawn in, creeped out, entertained, disturbed, and maybe challenged all at once. See it.

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