In “Us” (2019) – By Eve, she asks the question is this film the new masterpiece by Jordan Peele?
To answer that I have to confess something first. I’ve never watched anything Jordan Peele did until “Get Out” (2017). From the hype that I heard around that time it was the best movie of the year. I’m not necessarily trying to disagree with that.
The main characters (the protagonist and his friend) were really likeable and human-like. For example, their behavior was just the same as how you’d react if you were in the same situation.
Problem about it? “Get Out” (2017) is not as original as everyone claimed it was. It is essentially the same, in my opinion, to “The Stepford Wives” (1975). That film confronts conversations about racial problems, instead of gender ones. It does so in such a suspenseful and eerie department as well. “The Stepford Wives” (1975) is a far more superior film to “Get Out,” (2017) in my honest opinion.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand here; “Us” (2019). The same thing has occurred. The main plot of this movie is based on an episode of “The Twilight Zone” (1959-1964) called “Mirror Image.” However, it’s not an exact copy (at least not as much as “Get Out” (2017). It has it’s own unique, takes, vantage points and spins galore. The characters, once again, were believable within the context of the movie for such an outlandish scenario. Also, it’s visuals were stunning. There’s not a dull moment throughout the film. This movie even touched upon the unreal, when seemingly impossible events became reality.
With that said, it brings me to the two main problems I experienced while watching this film. One is that the movie feels like it could have been another episode of “The Twilight Zone” (1959-1964), or “The Outer Limits” (1995-2002). It didn’t feel much like a full length presentation (maybe because it drew inspiration from an episode of “The Twilight Zone” (1959-1964).
My second problem is this – Just like “Get Out” (2017), the film (as laid out here) “Us” (2019) – By Eve, has spoiled it’s ‘plot twist’ within the first 15 minutes. In “Get Out” (2017) you witnessed an African American guy getting abducted in the very beginning, and in this one ..Well I’m not going to spoil it, but if you’ve seen the film you will get what I mean.
Also, both “Get Out” (2017) and by my account, “Us” (2019) – By Eve, are more politically and socially motivated movies in the guise of horror movies. Many obvious symbols and not the elements in the story itself were there from the beginning to the end credits of both films. That lowered the ‘scariness factor’ of the two films drastically.
Overall, if you were to ask me, “Is “Us” a good movie?” My answer would be, “Yes, definitely.”
If you were to ask me, “Is it a good horror movie?” My answer as a horror enthusiast is not to view this as a horror movie. I have to say it wasn’t that great, if you’re going to label it as
a horror film. Still though, it’s better than many generic Hollywood horror movies we’re forcing down our throats these days.
And there you have it! “Us” (2019) – By Eve. What did you think of this film? Please feel free to comment below and, as always, keep on rockin’ and rollin‘!