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Us is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele.

The film stars Lupita Nyong’oWinston DukeShahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker, and follows a family who are confronted by their doppelgängers.

After the successful yet smart Get Out, Jordan Peele returns to scare us again with the simple premise mentioned above

Does he succeed? Let’s Find Out

This Script employed by Peele carries a lot of context and hidden symbolism when reflected upon on second thought

He chooses to play with a Modern Day Commentary on the current world scenario of the Fortunate V/S the Less Fortunate

This is displayed in the way he goes about setting up tropes in the narrative right from the starting sequences

The most refreshing aspect of his script happens to be the eeriness he infuses into the proceedings

Certain scenes play out on your mind in the vein of his Directorial Debut Get Out

Need Proof? (No Spoilers Here, I Swear!)

  • The Sequence where the young Adelaide encounters some one when she is lost
  • The first encounter between the Wilson’s and their Doppelgängers
  • When Adelaide goes after Red in search of her son

There are quite a few which create a similar impact through the course of the movie

  • So what doesn’t work?

Once you have endured the innovative narration of Us and reach the climax, there are certain plot points that will need a suspension

There are questions that arise as the movie stays in your head long after it’s over

However, this suspension requires you to inculcate an iota of disbelief without looking for explanations

This is exactly how the aspect that doesn’t work for Us converts everything that works in it’s favor

  • Now, let’s find out what works

The Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis is instrumental in creeping us out

Certain Scenes, Shots and Framing of Sequences create the much needed feeling of dread, despair and paranoia

The Score by Michael Abels pushes us off our seats and we don’t notice because we are too occupied getting creeped out

  • Lastly, what elevates Peele’s vision are the performances

Picking on any specific one would be an insult to the entire cast

Each and every Actor ensures that the story drives across it’s point in your face and also does a good job of scaring us

The variations the cast creates between the Characters and their Doppelgängers is distinctly separate and done to perfection.

However, a mention goes out to Lupita Nyong’o who leads the cast and delivers a mind boggling act 

Watch her in the sequence where she affirms with glee: “We’re Americans”, A pure feast for the eyes!

Another thing that works in favor of the story are the contextual references, symbolism and allegory to the Modern Day World and state of World Affairs. Pay close attention and you will enjoy spotting most of them

  • The Verdict?

Giving this one a miss in Theaters would be a Crime because Movies of this Nature are rarely made.

If they are, as audiences we owe it to the Magic of Cinema to witness this Quirky, Irreverent, Eerie Creation out there on the Big Screen

So, what are we waiting for?

Us got to Get Out for a Date with the Creepies at The Theaters….

Us

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