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Us (2019) <><><><>

Jordan Peele's sophomore effort proves that Get Out wasn't a fluke. Both Us and Get Out are horror films, they have few similarities beyond that genre though. Where Get Out was a physiological thriller, Us is closer to classic slasher. None of this is meant to take anything away from this stand out film. Us is led by a fantastic black cast. Finding an allegory is harder in Us than it is in Get Out. I don't think that is to Us's detriment, but you should set your expectations accordingly.

Lupita Nyong'o is fantastic in both of her roles. She is horrifying, strong, smart, intimidating, assertive, and so much more. I don't think it is too early to consider her a front runner for the Oscars. The rest of the Wilson family is great. Shahadi Wright Joseph stands out as a perfect embodiment of a teen girl.

While watching the movie you may be one step ahead of the family, but it doesn't lessen the tension. Peele inserts enough humor to let you relax just a little bit, but never enough to fully relax. The score is phenomenal! The music adds so much tension by itself that you don't want to listen to the score on its own.

The plot of the movie is easy to follow and goes where you expect it to. Peele does a good job of jumping between characters and their respective story lines, but it can feel a little overwhelming at points. The best parts are when the family is together.

This isn't a movie that you will be able to easy chow down on popcorn during; the entire bucket may end up spilled over your lap. If you want to have a little fun while in theaters, where as much red as possible. Try to sit back and relax as much as possible because that comfort isn't going to last long as Peele draws you in and terrifies you. I expect great things from his next project.

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