Film Review: Us
PUBLISHED: 10:19 28 March 2019
It’s a delve into the world of horror for Mark Goodin this week as he takes on the new release, Us.
As one of the finest works of 2017, Get Out is a tough act to follow and while, for some, Jordan Peele’s latest foray into the horror genre might not have quite the same impact as his directorial debut, it is nevertheless an ambitious, suspenseful and crowd-pleasing horror tale.
While on holiday in Santa Cruz, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) her husband Gabriel (Winston Duke) and their two children Zora (Shahadi Wright) and Jason(Evan Alex) find their home invaded by their malevolent, scissor-wielding doppelgangers known as ‘The Tethered’.
As with Get Out the director nimbly shifts from dark family drama to deeply unsettling socially relevant horror as he examines the Wilson family dynamics and the terror they are faced with when ‘The Tethered’ begin to wreak bloody havoc across America; all the while making cogent statements on the American experience and the apathy privilege can so often breed.
There’s dark comedy here too, with petty family arguments and one brilliant use of an N.W.A song neatly relieving some of the tension as the film hurtles towards its sinister, bittersweet conclusion.
It’s the performances that truly shine through though. Duke is fabulous as the goofy Gabriel and his terrifying, hulking double Abraham and Nyong’o is compelling and quietly heartbreaking as Adelaide and her raspy-voiced counterpart Red.
This latest directorial outing proves that Get Out was no fluke and that Peele is one of the most exciting and bold directors of contemporary horror.