Almost a year had passed since I had last seen one of my best friends from sixth form. What better way to reunite than a trip to the Showcase Cinema in Southampton. Followed by a cheeky Nando’s afterwards… Of course!
Attack of the Clones, in Santa Cruz
They say the day you meet your doppelganger, the stars align through the magic in the skies. Whilst warm happiness reunites both long-lost twins.
Get Out director, Jordan Peele shakes his head at this proclamation. As he writes and produces his second film. After his 2017 thriller won the Oscar for best original screenplay.
The film focuses on the Wilson family. Which endures a terrifying holiday which takes a terrific dark turn. Their scissor-wielding look-a-likes from the ‘Tethered’ community surface from beneath.
The Wilson family, led by another Academy-Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, gives an unerring dimension to the film.
Nyong’o’s talents have landed her blockbuster roles. Such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book and Black Panther. Her skills overshadow the supporting cast. Through her double portrayal of Adelaide Wilson and hoarse-voiced twin, Red.
On-screen children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex) learn a thing or two. As their copies are creepier than one-another.
The mise-en-scène and soundscape is questionable
Angles of body-doubles against the actors have been managed with great expertise. Fellow Wakandan-native, Winston Duke emanates comic-relief as a father, Gabe. His plain humour is ill-timed during intense scenes, subverting the horror aspects promised.
Other than the dominant performances from Nyong’o and Moss. The musical score, produced by Michael Abels. Delivers a chilling correspondence to the spine-tingling characters. Yet, like Gabe, contemporary tunes also blast out during the massacres of terrorism. But, this is more appropriate to the twisted personality of the film.
Us operates on religious beliefs, referencing Bible chapters and verses. The mise-en-scène includes motifs of rabbits, which are a clear phobia of the director. This allows many dimensions to personify the film.
But, there has been much speculation surrounding these recurrences’ meanings. The film ought to have addressed these notions. Alongside the many other logistical errors in more explicit and creative ways in order to answer any questions I had.
As Jordan Peele continues his quest to re-write the horror genre. His films still lie in the realm of thrillers.
And the verdict
I am, yet, a fan of psychological thrillers demanding introspection and deep-thinking.
Us provides us with philosophical interpretations of the purpose of humanity. Yet, inspires 2019 Halloween costumes… Let’s hope they’re not overused. To summarise this film in one word; intense.