The Movie: 7.8/10
People who say they don’t like horror movies, or scary movies must not have that moviebrain string of DNA that can find that darkness in our human nature, unlock the cage it’s in, and let it roam around for a little while. Well, maybe they can unleash it but then it runs wild and they can’t get it back in it’s box so they prefer to keep it tucked away, safely. I have a good grasp of the reigns of that little bugger so I love to set her loose.
Us is one of those movies that delights me, yes DELIGHTS. No, it’s not perfect. Yes, it’s up it’s own ass from time to time, but I can accept it’s flaws. There are so many moments that give me that “oh that’s just creepy” feeling in my gut and make me lean back farther into my comfy safe chair, it’s a good quality movie experience.
We meet our leading lady in a flashback to her childhood. She gets separated from her parents at a seaside boardwalk type place where she encounters something that terrifies her, even as we meet her later in life and she’s successful, a mom, a wife, something is just not right. She and her family are going back to that same town for a vacation, and shall we say it just dredges up some pretty weird stuff that all stems from that day she got separated from her parents.
I won’t tell you about what happens, what she saw, what is going on, or any of that…you have to watch it to find out for yourself. What I will say is that what’s going on isn’t anything I have seen before, not exactly. Remember, I have seen A LOT of horror movies, cheap horror flicks, Twilight Zone episodes, The Outer Limits, and listened to many old-timey science fiction radio shows, so I have experienced A LOT of different tales about weirdness.
My inner horror movie self was very happy, and sufficiently satisfied with the jump scares, the good unsettling performances, the unexpected “WHOA THAT just happened” moments, and even when things would wind down for a few seconds my heart was racing and I was ready for more. The pacing of Us is really good. It starts with the right amount or story set up, introduction to the characters, and then as we get into the sh** it starts rolling and never stops. When there is a pause it was like when I stop pedaling on my bike for a couple seconds, it’s nice, but I can’t wait to get going again.
My only criticism is that I can feel the message as a statement from the writer/director more than I can feel it as part of a well told cautionary tale. It’s like there is a hand reaching in to point at all everything, reminding me of what I need to be thinking, rather than letting the scene that’s playing out in front of me work it’s own magic. I can’t really explain it, but it’s there.
Overall I really enjoyed Us. It’s stimulating, exciting, sad, enlightening, creepy, action packed, with unexpected things I have not seen in a movie which is a huge achievement.
- The Monsters Within Us (5 Minutes) – A close look at the main characters and the doppelgangerversions in the film.
- Tethered Together: Making Us Twice (8 Minutes) – A look at how the actors got into character twice.
- Redefining A Genre: Jordan Peele’s Brand Of Horror (6 Minutes) – Peele tells us about his passion for Horror and which films inspired him along the way.
- The Duality Of Us (10 Minutes) – A look at the Doppelganger theories surrounding the film.
- Becoming Red (4 Minutes) – Lupita Nyong’o takes us through her acting process.
- Scene Explorations (8 Minutes) – A break down of three of the films main scenes.
- Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) – Six deleted scenes.
- We’re All Dying (7 Minutes) – More footage from the beach scene.
- As Above, So Below: Grand Pas De Deux (5 Minutes) – The dance routine from the end of the film is examined.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Filmed digitally Us is a great looking movie from start to finish. Both the 4K and 1080p versions here are exceptional especially for a movie that mostly takes place in the dark. Sharpness is great across the board and shadow detail is exceptional.
The Dolby Atmos soundtrack is pretty intense and will make you jump on occasion. Dialog is clear and central focused and surround activity is used sparingly. Special note to the use of music here as its a great score and adds a lot to the atmosphere.
Overall Score 7.8/10