MOVIE SCOOP: ‘Us’ Review (Written By B. Gunn)
Read our review of Jordan Peele’s new nightmare, ‘Us,’ written by our resident movie guru, B. Gunn.
Wassup, y’all! There’s a line in “Star Wars” where Obi-Wan Kenobi says “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”
Well, after I saw “Us” and got in my car to process it all, I felt a great disturbance in the moviegoer realm as if millions of voices suddenly cried out, “WTF did I just watch???”
“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex. The Wilson family travel to their beach house during summer vacation for some electric relaxation. Later that night, they notice shadowy figures in the driveway appearing to resemble a family. Upon further review, however, those shadowy figures turn out to be shady doppelgangers, turning a family dream vacay into a nightmare…on my street!
Many of us assume “Us” is a horror movie so expectations are those of scary scenes filled with blood and killing. I want you all to know this…expect the unexpected. Jordan Peele’s brain works on a level that we mere mortals cannot comprehend. He’s without a doubt this generation’s Alfred Hitchcock with Spike Lee thrown in.
“Us” is a metaphoric, thriller-istic journey with comedy extremely well-placed. Yes, comedy. Every scene has meaning, every word of dialogue challenges our thought process. The plot of “Us” is entertaining. Once you break down that subplot, however, maaaaaan, it’s a whole new worrrrrld! (I’m singing that like in “Aladdin”) Be very clear, watching this movie with both eyes can be frustrating and intense at the same time, which is why your 3rd eye better be open.
The cast is phenomenal. Everyone has dual roles and believe me, that’s hard to execute because the actors normally don’t have anyone in front of them when they’re filming. Expressions, movements, and even delivery could suffer if not pulled off right. Well, you don’t have to worry! They won’t waste your time, you’ll be satisfied.
Nyong’o is the Queen. Her contrasting characters are a sight to behold. As you watch, you forget she’s the same person. You begin to think maybe she has a real-life twin. There’s no way one person could play these two people that well…Wrong! The same thing goes for Shahadi and Evan. Oftentimes you compliment child actors out of obligation or so you won’t be publicly shamed for saying they suck, right? No here, nooooo, not here. These kids are on point! The brother/sister chemistry is natural. You form a bond with them as if you’ve known them or something. Great job, kids! You’ve got a future in this business…hopefully. We know how Hollywood is, but I digress. Winston’s role to me is the glue. I’ve heard different opinions on his character, but I’ll say he is a dad that is very comfortable and settled in as a father. He makes the tone shifts flow. His timing is perfect. This isn’t M’baku saving the day. This is someone’s dad you know from up the street, ok?
The problem people may have with “Us” will be “high” expectations, based on their already-formed opinions before they actually see it. The trailers don’t show you everything, and listening to others saying “Oh, it’s scary, I ain’t watching this” or “Oh, I love scary movies!” because they only know horror movies to be one certain way.
“Us” changes the horror movie paradigm. Another problem will be the 1st act. It’s hella slow, focusing on one particular character. I promise you, though, it’ll all make sense. There are nerve-racking and scary scenes so don’t sleep! Also, the dopest 3rd act of any horror movie I’ve seen.
“Us” will ultimately be what you interpret, but you’ve never seen a film like this before and I GUARANTEE you will have questions. I’m co-signing “Us” to the fullest, but my doppelganger would probably give it a Co-sign Classic.
All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about “Us”…
Did you see the film this weekend? If so, your thoughts?