February 24, 2024

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Geek Review: Us

A family fights their own doubles in Jordan Peele's latest.

Get Out was brilliant, one of my favorite movies of 2017, and a brilliant debut feature for director Jordan Peele, best known up until them for sketch comedy.

But was he a fluke?  Well, he has a new movie out now called Us that may offer viewers a possible answer to that.

Good news:  Peele is no fluke.

Us is the sort of movie it would be very easy to spoil.  So much so, I’ll have some more thoughts going up later this afternoon.  For now, here’s some bare basics:  the Wilson family are headed out to mom Adelaide’s (Lupita Nyong’o) late grandmother’s beach house in Santa Cruz, California.  Adelaide is a bit nervous about going for some reason.  Her goofy husband Gabe (Winston Duke) is making with the dad jokes and embarrassing his kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex).  The two kids are doing kid things.  Why is she so worried?  Adelaide’s anxiety is a bit justified later on when their home is invaded by another, rather familiar-looking family.  There’s good reason for that.  The new foursome are nearly identical to the Wilsons.

There’s a lot to love about Us, and there are no slouches in a cast where many actors play two characters.  That said, Nyong’o in particular brings the acting goods as both Adelaide and her hoarse-voiced double named Red.  Peele’s story moves, and once things got going, my eyes were glued to the screen.  It doesn’t let up for a minute once it gets started, and it’s tense.  I don’t know that Us has the same level of social commentary or satirical outlook of Get Out, but Peele clearly went bigger on this one, and I’d say he hit a home run.  10 out of 10 number 11s.

But yeah, come back later for some spoiler-y stuff.