Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Lives Up to Hype

Gabe Smith, Staff Writer

Hello, and welcome back to another movie review. This weeks movie is Us, directed, written, and produced by Jordan Peele. This is Peele’s latest movie since his breakout movie, Get Out, which was released back in 2017. Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elizabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. Most know Duke and Nyong’o from Black Panther which they starred in together last year. Us is about a family that takes a trip to Santa Cruz, were they encounter another family that looks identical to them and tries to hunt them down. The family members must work together if they wish to make till dawn.

Peele’s script is very well done and his directing is superb as tension and suspense is felt around every corner. The cinematography and editing are the best parts of the whole movie, as the shots are beautiful and edited perfectly to give the audience that entire chilling feel. Lupita Nyong’o has a great shot at earning a best actress nomination, as she takes command of this film and wields a perfect performance that will be tough to beat this year. Having said that, there were some little setbacks. For the most part, the film was never really that scary. It was thrilling and very entertaining but when you characterize it as a horror film, there needs be more suspense and tension. The audience should feel a little more on the edge of their seat. Also, Peele’s secret message for this movie is a little all over the place. There weren’t many answers to what Peele was intending to speak out against or what the meaning of this movie was. A search online reveals that almost every writer has a different perspective of what message he or she thinks Peele was trying to convey to his audience. This left me more confused and a little disappointed.

In the end, this is a great film and did a good job living up to its hype. I’m giving this film 3.5 out of 4 stars and two big thumbs up, and I highly recommend you see it if you enjoyed Peele’s last film Get Out.