likexritual’s review published on Letterboxd :
Jordan Peele is undoubtably a very methodical, detailed oriented and gifted director that throughly impressed film fans with GET OUT. his ability to cover social issues, class warfare and our perception on race is truly one of a kind. his films play out in a finely tuned orchestra of stress, self realization and terror.
US is no different and our inability to crawl out of the rabbit hole he illustrates in this film meanwhile realizing the deep connection of battling our own demons is whirlwind of brilliance. Jordan Peele is here to stay.
right off the bat we are thrown into a psychological tale of the Wilson’s weekend getaway that quickly unravels into a hellish nightmare of survival. US is equipped with a ton of comedic relief, and in my opinion too much. we have these deeply suspenseful nail biting scenes broken up by comedic relief and somehow, (for the most part) it seems to work and sometimes it feels like a crutch.
my favorite parts of US by far were the well rounded cast of the Wilson family. they are each special in their own way, including their father Abraham who is a huge guy but has such a soft exterior. hearing him argue with a sadistic version of his family (“it’s us”) in the front yard of their vacation home was seriously hilarious. Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) is immediately our biggest star and immediately in charge of surviving this encounter and keeping her family safe. she is a certified badass. she is fierce, relentless and unforgiving.
as the film progresses, the Wilson family are thrown into this massive rabbit hole (no pun intended) where we experience some hard hitting twists, violence and very satisfying vengeance. US approaches violence and survival with the same tenacity as comedy, which really is the reason it shines so well. there’s something for everyone.
Peele is taking some absolutely massive chances in his films and I applaud his braveness considering we are only on his second film but nonetheless, without risk we have zero reward. but, unfortunately US was far from perfect for me and overall didn’t seem to live up to not only the hype, reviews and internet response but doesn’t take the cake if compared to his first child, Get Out.
this is not to knock this film or make it any less valid. let’s be honest here, Jordan Peele has some huge shoes to fill and ultimately his sophomore release into the dark/horror world is a great one and certainly if compared to horror as of late, there is absolutely zero competition. but, with that being said I could’ve done without a few elements of this film. we have a lot of context clues that seemed to add to the “oddity” and wonder of US and it’s plotpoints but do they add anything to the overall story? I don’t believe they did. although ambitious and very well made, it was a bit more experimental for what I would have preferred but overall US is a ton of fun, a suspenseful nightmare but also a barrel of laughs.
if you’re goal is to feel, and depending on what feelings you’re looking for i’m confident that US sill fill that space in your heart.