The modern master of horror, Jordan Peele, returns with his sophomore feature, Us. The film follows Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her family as their family vacation takes a terrifying turn when “tethered” doppelgängers of themselves break into their house, forcing them to fight for their lives.
Unlike Peele’s Academy Award-winning, Get Out, Us follows the veins of traditional horror films, keeping its viewers on the edge of their seats while also touching upon themes deeply rooted in the horror genre: that the true enemy is amongst us. Underneath the twists and terror, Us makes a bold statement on the underclass and the inner turmoil of our society. Although the big reveal felt more predictable (well at least to me), the story is gutsy, daring and definitely left me craving a second viewing.
Us is also a master class in acting and perfect casting. Lupita Nyong’o gives the most draw-dropping performances doubling as Adelaide and her demonic double, Red. The juxtaposition between the heroic maternal figure and her demented and twisted tethered self. Honestly, I know it’s so early in the year to state this but don’t count Nyong’o out for the 2020 awards season.
Winston Duke is a fantastic, funny dad bringing in laughs when needed while newcomers, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex, are wonderful as their children as well as their tethered selves. I was particularly blown away with Elizabeth Moss, whose brief part makes quite the impact.
Through the ferocity of the performances, the intricacies of the filmmaking and the power of the story, it’s so abundantly clear through Us that Peele is the modern master of horror.
Final Thoughts: Us is ambitious, highly entertaining and utterly twisted making it a staple in modern horror. We are not worthy of the genius and talent that is Jordan Peele.