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Us ★★★

Jordan Peele's follow up to Get Out is good but it didn't blow me away. The central theme is identity and the film takes influence from several genre classics (which I won't mention for fear of spoilers!) The film uses horror tropes to explore it's central theme but it's all a bit disjointed and while the narrative kept me entertained for the duration; it felt unsatisfying at the end. The script is rather clunky and is obsessed with explaining things that will become relevant later on. There's some good moments of humour, however and the central cast all perform their roles very well. It's all well shot, though somewhat lacking in memorable images. The final reveal is good and interesting, though also somewhat nonsensical. I think there's some good ideas here but it suffers in the execution. A more streamlined script and slightly more set up for the reveal would have helped. Overall, I will say that I very much preferred Get Out, though I will look forward to whatever the director does next.

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