US - Review
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Director: Jordan Peele
Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex
Plot: A family's life is put in jeopardy when dangerous people that look just like them begin to terrorize them
Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee
GET OUT was one of my favorite films from 2017. Because of that I was really looking forward to the second horror flick from Jordan Peele. Maybe I was looking forward to it a little too much. As the credits began rolling at the end of my screening of US, I sat in silence trying to figure out what I had just witnessed.
At first I thought it was just me. I thought I must have missed something. Then, slowly, I began to notice other people around me with the same puzzled look on their faces. Finally, one man spoke what I think most of us were feeling, "I am so confused. What the BLEEP was that!?"
After a few days of letting the film sink into my brain I've come to these conclusions:
1. I liked the movie. I didn't love it, but it was suspenseful and crazy enough to keep me interested and engaged even though I wasn't sure what was happening.
2. It's Jordan Peele's fault that we were confused, not the audience. At the end of GET OUT we all got it. All of the nuance and symbolism, all of the thematic elements and the overall plot made sense. A good writer makes sure you don't have to be the smartest person in the room in order to understand what the film is about. Peele failed to accomplish this task in US.
3. Lupita Nyong'o is one of the best actors in Hollywood today.
4. There is a lot more to this film than I got in one viewing. I have theories about the underlying themes of the movie, but I will need to see it again before I am willing to talk about those in public.
I wish I could be as excited about recommending this movie as I was for GET OUT, but it is too confusing, and therefore not as good as Peele's first film. If you are going to see this in theaters, try to pay matinee prices, otherwise you might feel like it wasn't worth it.