After 2017’s sleeper-hit Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele and producer Jason Blum are back with a new nightmare. In Us, a family’s beach house vacation turns to a fight for survival when their own doppelgängers begin to terrorize them.
It’s difficult to describe this film without spoiling anything, so I will say this: Us is not a sophomoric slump for Peele. Although it’s not nearly as finely-tuned as Get Out, the film manages to be much creepier and much funnier. The performances are great with Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and Winston Duke (Black Panther) being the stand-outs. I’m almost hesitant to review this film having seen it only once, because there are still elements of it I’m trying to analyze, be it the general plot or the social commentary prevalent throughout. Whether or not Us will receive the same awards-season success as Get Out, we will have to wait and see, but it’s a fun crowdpleaser that has more on it’s mind than most.