Ash’s review published on Letterboxd:
“We are Americans.”
Jordan Peele’s sophomore follow-up to Get Out deems itself to be more ambitious, bolder and more layered than his Academy-winning debut film.
The beauty of his writing and direction, is that he blends his horror with satirical comedy, which mixes so well and creates this eerie, psychologically scarring satirical horror, making both Get Out and Us modern classics, especially among the horror genre.
Lupita’s best is ultimately brought out by Peele, showing the full strength and capability of her range and her acting, showcasing one of the best horror performances in years, standing up there with Toni Colette in Hereditary and Anya-Taylor Joy in The VVitch. The depth of both her characters still manages to amaze me, considering how authentic both performances were, showing her capability to transform into both characters for the role.
Michael Abels’ score is haunting, and raises the film on so many levels, creating an atmospheric sense of dread and terror that will haunt you for days. Along with Abels’ creepy score, the film’s sound mixing and editing is purely spectacular, binding in the audience with anxiety with each and every scene.
The cinematography and framing is at its best in this film. Beautifully framed to resemble a sense of fear, the third act (and the film’s climax) features some unnerving, horrifying, and haunting framing that will continue to terrify me for weeks.
Although the acting and the film’s technicals are great, the pinnacle of the film’s awe comes from its depthful themes of social class, inner conflict and the vengefulness of our duality.
Peele, hot off the success of Get Out, has established himself as one of the best horror directors, with Us being a thematically haunting film, that blends satire with horror, incorporating various themes of the real world into it, sewing together a terrifyingly important piece of work that will be regarded as a classic.