Before you send me streams of hate for not liking this film, please read the post.
I watched ‘Us’ this weekend and honestly felt a bit cheated. It’s not like it wasn’t a decent film, it just wasn’t amazing. I guess on some level I was expecting the same feeling as ‘Get Out’ where it took a concept and ran with it to the point where I was on the edge of my seat. ‘Us’, however, had a few shocking moments, but the grand reveal was predictable.
‘Us’ centres around the Wilson family vacation featuring Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and son Jason (Evan Alex). Naturally, like with any horror film, their beach vacation went horribly wrong, as they fight tooth and nail to survive against their doppelgangers.
One thing this film did brilliantly was feature a black middle class family without making the film about race. It really goes to show how little representation there is in horror. As this families race was a massive surprise to the audience, we usually view spiritual and horror films through the lens of a white family. So showing racial representation as the norm was a nice touch.
As much as I wanted to like this film, I just feel like it failed to keep the suspense going. Initially when the doppelgangers attacked I was on edge and terrified, but then it got funny. When the humour kicked in, I lost that feeling of fear, and stopped empathising with the main cast. I personally feel like the concept was brilliant, but the execution fell flat. Part of this is because I went in with high expectations as Jordan Peele has a good track record.
I’ll try not to give away too much with my thoughts on this, but there’s a final reveal, and it was predictable as fuck.
That’s all for now, my final thoughts on this is, take it for what it is – which is a slasher/thriller that isn’t scary. The performances by each actor are Oscar worthy so if you enjoy a good 2 hours of amazing acting but not an amazing plot – feel free to watch it. The soundtrack is also fantabulous!