Jordan Peele‘s sophomore effort, “Us” is two-thirds of a great film. It’s not as groundbreaking as “Get Out.” That’s okay. It’s the ending with Us that fails to hit the mark. It would have destroyed the entire film had it not been for the outstanding performances of its cast. Lupita Nyong’o gives a brilliant performance as both a mother trying to protect her kids and her evil Tethered Doppelgänger.
The two children actors (Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright Joseph) also really sell the believability of the situation. Winston Duke plays the bumbling father who is pretty much there for comedic relief.
Now as for the Tethered Doppelgängers, they are absolutely frightening. Imagine your worst nightmare with your face on it. They are a deranged & murderous versions of themselves who can’t speak. Except for one.
This is where the film started to become “un-tethered.”
The twist of the film is its biggest undoing. Because the film is still new I don’t want to give too much away, but it doesn’t really set things up for a satisfying conclusion…like at all. I really feel like Peele was setting up something that could have been developed into a series of films (Us, Them, We) but I think towards the end of the film the story really got away from him.
The film ends without a strong reason as to why things transpired they did. It goes from an intimate horror story to becoming something reminiscent of a “Night of the Living Dead” scenario that ultimately falls completely flat.
The end twist to the film doesn’t help matters either. Especially when you saw it coming ten miles away.
I can’t say the film is a failure because the performances are amazing but sadly, Jordan Peele‘s Us is the definition of sophomore slump.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint gives Us a weak 6.5 out of 10. It started great, but totally falls apart in the third act.