Ian’s review published on Letterboxd:
”If you wanna get crazy, we can get crazy!”
Only two films under his belt so far and Jordan Peele has established himself as one of the finest horror directors of all time. There’s no denying that Us will go down as one of the most original and fantastic horror/thriller films for simply how brilliant it’s all down. You may not think it’s the best film out there, but you can’t deny how brilliantly it’s made.
Horror and I don’t go well together. I scare way too easily, but after watching this I think I’m starting to enjoy getting scared more. Us, to me at least, feels like a thriller with dashes of horror trickled throughout. From the very beginning I was nervous. I felt my heart racing and I honestly had no clue what to expect, and it was the best thing for me.
Jordan Peele’s direction here is marvelous; a combination of a home invasion flick with a much deeper theme buried in there. Each moment he wants you to be scared, I felt scared. Each moment you’re supposed to think this way, that’s the way I thought; it’s something Peele does perfectly that lets him capture the audience and tell his story. I think his writing it truly what shines. It’s not necessarily the most original plot, but he mixes in so many great elements in Us, it results in an original story.
I don’t know how Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t have at least 8 Oscars. In every film she delivers the most stunning performance and here it’s no different. Her dual performance as Adeline and Red makes for something wonderful on screen and she was definitely the result of half the times I felt scared. Winston Duke also really fit in here so well, but I have to give props to both Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. Their performances as their doppelgänger’s is mesmerizing and scaring all the same.
I do have faults with some of the logical points and the ending didn’t quite stick with me all the way; but what Peele does, he does it so well. Us is a fantastic horror/thriller film that should be seen for the performances and quite possibly the greatest horror film score I’ve ever heard. I’d give the edge to Get Out as my favorite Peele so far, but if he keeps up this kinda work, he’s a master in the making.