Carn’s review published on Letterboxd:
Jordan Peele has become one of the most exciting directors currently working in just 2 films.
Get Out was an unbelievable director debut which had horror elements but also had themes it explored which added to it beyond an interesting and exciting watch. Us continues this but also delves more into the horror elements.
Us is Peele stretching himself even more and although it can feel slightly messier than Get Out which had a razor edge sharpness, Us still has lots to admire and I couldn’t get enough of it.
It focuses on doppelgangers who follow a family and I’ll leave it at that. First of all the themes are present throughout and Peele gives us an exciting horror but I am sure it will be worth revisiting to see the symbols and ideas left throughout. Visually it is interesting and has a crisp aesthetic similar to Get Out. The sound is superb with the music adding to the astmosphere.
The cast is superb with Lupita Nyong’o being the stand out. She is mesmerising in this role and for me is the not just the best female performance of the year, but the flat out best. How the Oscars didn’t recognise her for this is beyond frustrating.
I need to give myself time to think about this more but I will get around to a rewatch as I feel this has more that I will have missed thematically.