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Sebastian’s review published on Letterboxd:
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I think I found Get Out and Us more entertaining but if not his best this is Peele’s scariest movie so far, mainly thanks to the Gordy scene which was the obvious highlight and one of the most unpleasant and disturbing scenes I’ve seen, that whole aspect was the strongest part and the one that really left an impression. The actual main story was good too and had another really disturbing scene (also featuring Yeun’s character), even if it was a little overshadowed by the whole concept of Gordy/Yeun’s subplot, and the third act is a little bogged down in logistics. I liked the very end a lot though, I got more emotional than I expected, and the thematic core is interesting and well-done too though there’s one point with the TMZ guy that maybe goes a little too far with that (EDIT: though the idea some reviews have mentioned that this is Peele grappling with guilt over his own transformation of trauma into spectacle, in a similar way that Us could be interpreted as him dealing with his own imposter syndrome, gives it an added layer). But in spite of a few little issues or areas that still could use work, this is very good, very effective, pretty interesting, surprisingly scary, and for me definite proof that Get Out wasn’t beginner’s luck, and that the weaker aspects in Us weren’t a sign of a downward trend- Peele’s a real, great, horror filmmaker, and I can’t wait for what he does next.
Three things I noticed I was proud of myself for noticing:
- Em (an Emerald City/Wizard of Oz/Twister reference?) misses a ‘great’ in her first scene because she’s repeating what her father said verbatim
- OJ’s name is a reference to another unfortunate spectacle made of a captured killer
- Jupe’s fake aliens are modeled after Gordy, but with the head of the Panasonic cameras you see in the same flashback