If you’re only wondering whether Us is worth seeing I am happy to say that Jordan Peele beat the sophomore slump. Go watch it! If you’re also wondering how scary this one is, I can tell you it has plenty of jump scares and suspense with just as many laughs. These don’t always work in tandem to elevate the film, but both are executed well and Peele’s writing remains tight. Every scene in the first half sets up something for the future and it’s not long before these are paid off in brutal fashion. The film demands a bit of time after watching to digest its themes and subtext but there is plenty there even if it’s not as explicit as Get Out. Although the film does stumble during its climatic moments with some unnecessary exposition, it hits the finish line with finesse. The biggest standout this time round, however, is in the visuals; the blocking always keeps you engaged, and the lighting feels more purposeful with not a flat shot in sight. The performances are fantastic as well with Lupita Nyong’o confidently anchoring the story as the traumatised, yet more than capable, protagonist alongside her creepy mirror counterpart. Minutes, hours, and days after the credits roll you’ll pick up on new details and develop new interpretations which, ultimately, signals that a film of this nature succeeded. Get a group together and go enjoy another respectable entry in the modern horror renaissance.
7.5/10: Follow the white rabbit