“Us” is a movie from the creator Jordan Peele whose movie making skills rose to mainstream velocity after the success of the unique masterpiece “Get Out”. “Us” centers on an African American family being sought out by evil versions of themselves.
The film stars Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, whose acting in the film was no less than superb along with her on-screen chemistry with scene-stealer Winston Duke playing her husband. It also starred Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker as supporting characters who played friends of the family.
The beginning of the film dives right into it by showing us why Adelaide has grown up with the problems she has such as being nervous around big crowds and having terrible anxiety. The film, made out to be a horror movie, served more laughs than jumps.
The messages within the plot describes how the evil within us can come out in many ways. Peele made sure to implement the concept of things being not always as it seems to be. There were subtle hints like the bible reference Jeremiah 11:11 provided throughout the film which had more to do with the story than you may think.
Even with the superb acting from the entire cast and the impeccable messages that were left throughout the film, there was still something that lacked as far as the story goes.
The film is a rollercoaster with many moments that may remind you of a Netflix movie with an off story. There were many themes that did save the film, one of them being an African-American family at the center of the film, which is groundbreaking because when was the last time you saw a movie do such a thing.
The themes behind the film showing an African American female truly playing a hero for her family is an example of feminism and inclusion that I feel is missing in the movie industry. Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph who play the children of the family both gave wonderful performances as the bad mouth yet shy Jason Wilson and the stereotypical teenage daughter Zora Wilson.
Though the film alone had a wonderful message and a great start to a bigger cinematic world that Jordan Peele is creating, the story lacked when the audience is taken into the third act, leaving us feeling a bit cheated story wise.
With a climactic ending to the story attached with the inventive catchy remix of “I Got 5 on It” by Luniz, something about the film still just did not meet the hype. When the film’s trailer first dropped during Christmas weekend of 2018, it had all of social media in an uproar due to it’s intriguing concept of them being chased by their doppelgangers.
The mystery and theories surrounding the film piled up but when the movie was released it felt like a spark with little to no flame. It left me to believing the best part of the film was the trailer. With great visuals and superb acting, I still feel it is worth a watch to gather your own opinion. With much anticipation for future Jordan Peele works, I am very much excited to see more to come from this unique universe of his.