Us Film Review (2019) – Seeing Horror Double

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(This is the Us film review, which is an American Horror directed by the same director as Get Out)

It is original movies like “Us” which makes me realise I actually really like horror movies beyond just going to the cinemas and laughing at everyone else who overreacts to the scary scenes. Although its more a mix of horror and thriller rather than a straight up horror flick.

The film is directed by the same director who did Get Out, Jordan Peele. And with this being sort of a spiritual sequel to it, we can expect there are more horrors…and stars quite a few of Africans actors such as Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Shahadi Wright Joseph. Without further ado, let’s delve into the Us film review below to see how good it is!

 

Premise

When a young Adelaide saw her own Doppelgänger in a hall of mirrors and became traumatised, she does not expect to experience it again with her own family in the future. This time, the whole family meet their own copies that seem to aim for the kill. What could they be aiming for?

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What could ever go wrong on a family’s holiday trip eh?

 

Us Film Review

Premise

The tense scenes here are really well done and I did feel quite anxious at certain parts. The central mystery is also rather interesting and although I feel there isn’t a definitive explanation to everything, the film gives you enough to form your own conclusions and there are several theories to subscribe to.

 

Pacing

I would say that it’s greatest flaw is actually its pacing as it takes quite a while to get going and there are certain scenes in the middle where they slow things down when I just felt like “okay what is the point of this conversation let’s get on with it please”. It also balances the humor with the more tense sequences really well.

 

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The true bad guy?

 

Cinematography

I loved the cinematography and there is a contrast to typical horror movies where certain tense scenes take place in Broad daylight instead of the usual horror trope of the night being danger and day being safe. I think there were certain scenes which were filmed in a certain way to portray scary imagery and I really liked those images… Not sure if this sentence makes sense lol.

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WTF?!

 

Soundtrack

Soundtrack was also pretty good and there’s a certain recurring choral, almost tribal track which I really liked. It’s a really original horror movie and I think it tries to subvert or make fun of certain typical horror tropes and there is quite a bit left up to interpretation. I appreciated that.

 

Us Film Review (2019) – Seeing Horror Double
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Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good
Original premise
Genuinely tense yet also funny
Some pretty creepy imagery
Open to intrepretations
What's bad
Pacing lags a bit at certain points in the film
OPEN TO INTERPRETATION 🙁
3.5
Pretty Good!
Jordan did another masterpiece but with some letdowns!
Man, the guy did it again with another powerful work that is actually original and tense. Its creepiness factor is also on a different level. Too bad some of the parts of the film let it down a bit.
[Us film review score table]

Author Details
A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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Oscar Sim
A film enthusiast who wishes more people would share in the appreciation of films. I hate spoilers and some of the best experiences are had when you go into a film knowing absolutely nothing. I try to be as impartial as possible and generally will be optimistic towards my scoring of a film so if I give a low review…well, it’s bad.
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