WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS NO SPOILERS
One of the most difficult things for a filmmaker to do is make a successful second film. This becomes even harder when your first film won an Oscar and was as celebrated as Get Out. Jordan Peele returns to the big screen with his second film Us and he pulls it off once again.
Some time before the film came out, I was looking online for the kind of reaction and traction that the film was getting. What took me by surprise was that a lot of people were already criticizing the film before seeing it. If anything, this is proof that Jordan has arrived as a director who has an influence over popular culture.
Let’s get back to Us, I would love to talk about specific moments in the film but given that the film hasn’t been out for long, not all of you would have seen it. So, what can I say about the film? I really liked the film. To be honest, the film exceeded my expectations.
The trailer certainly intrigued me but I kept wondering how Jordan would hold my attention. But this is a man who is in complete control of his writing and is quickly developing a signature style. This is very difficult to do after just two films but Us has shown that it can be done.
A story like this needs the acting to be convincing. While the senior actors are in form, it is the actors playing the children who steal the show. Shahadi Wright Joesph and Evan Alex who play two versions of a character are utterly brilliant. They are able to bring genuine empathy as well as horror in the minds of the audience.
The film is livened up by the score of Michael Abels. One of the most chilling parts of the score is used as an anthem for the opening credits and it is genuinely creepy. And in an age of reboots and sequels, it is nice to know that original films like Us will still be commercially successful. I am excited to see what else will be coming from the mind of Jordan Peele.
Until next time, bye.