Video Games Editor for Bloody Disgusting. Quite fond of video games, wrestling, and horror. Also the horror of wrestling with video games.
As with Get Out, I came into Us after the initial hype and release had been and gone, and subsequently feared it couldn't be as good as I hoped in both cases.
And in both cases I was wrong. Us is a funny, sinister tale filled with hypnotic acting, shots, and musical choices.
Lupita Nyong'o absolutely owns this film in her dual roles. Props to Winston Duke though for providing the comic relief.
Honestly surprised by this, and then I saw the Letterboxd score and my surprise grew.
Yes, Vivarium isn't all that subtle with its underlying themes and metaphors, and yes, I get why people might be annoyed by the muted conclusion, but I believe it's presented and performed in such a consistent and compelling manner that such criticism is doing it a disservice.
Imogen Poots makes the film tick, bringing some humanity to the intentional sterility on display.