Us

Us ★★

This was one of the 5 movies I was really looking forward to this year.

It was a real letdown.

I absolutely love Get Out, it might just be one of my all-time favourite movies - but a lot of what really worked in its favour isn't really present here.

The balance of horror and humour is off, with a number of the jokes acting as tension-ruiners instead of tension-breakers. It's also a movie that gets progressively less interesting the more you learn about what's going on - by the end, I was completely out of it, just counting the minutes until the obvious final twist so that I could leave.

Get Out had a really strong, clear through line that connected the movie's many dots and built up to an explosive payoff. Us doesn't have that and what it has to offer in its place isn't as engaging.

On the positive side, it is an absolutely gorgeous film. The style over substance approach really hurts it in the long run, but you can't deny the movie's got style and then some.

Performances are mesmerising across the board, with Jordan Peele once again directing the hell out of a wonderfully talented cast.

P.S. The more I think about what happens, the less sense it all makes.

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