Caila went to Meremac-STL for journalism and has been writing for most of her life. Most of her review work is on her social media pages.
Us Movie Review (Some Spoilers!!!)
So I saw this film on opening night and I would be the first to declare that Jordan Peele has cemented himself as a force to be reckoned with as a director. This is only his second film and it is really made me excited to see what he will end up doing with his Twilight Zone series he is in on. 'Us' will make you want to see the movie twice immediately after it is over. You want to figure everything out about the film, its lore, the story and the world he's created. Every detail mattered in a movie such as this one. Jordan makes you think, put two and two together and figure things out on your own and he did it all masterfully. He showed with this film that his prior Academy Award win and nominations were no fluke!
Lupita Nyong'o was a definite standout with her dual role as both the protagonist and the antagonist in the film and should be highly praised. She studied for and mastered her character and the quirks she and Jordan wanted them to have so that it could feel more realistic such as speech impediments. The movie incorporated more humor in it than I thought it would, with Winston Duke carrying a few of the funnier moments in the movie. He has such charm and wit about him and the way he delivers his funny lines or his lines that aren't even meant to be funny that it just makes them hysterical. The humor, however, almost took me out of the immersion of being scared or nervous at some points, but I don't think it was unintentional.
The movie was not horror, it was more of a thriller/suspense, but it incorporated scenes that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up just simply because of the acting, the score, or the plot. 'Us' should definitely be watched twice or more just because you want the full impact of what you just saw. You'll probably spot more of the metaphors, themes, and Easter eggs hidden within the movie the second time around. After the movie, I remember talking about it with two people in the movie theater bathroom and it was GREAT conversation for those who have or have not seen the movie before. It is not necessarily a concise plot, so I left feeling like you either understood what happened at the end or you didn't. The big switch at the end where you see that the main character wasn't who we thought she was the whole time and we, as the viewer, have been following the villain this entire time was the most interesting take that could have happened to this plot! As far as the countless underlying themes, such as the 80's, nostalgic 80's movies, horror and other things, there were too many to discuss just in one sitting and it really depends on how deep you dug into the film and what he put on the screen. This movie is DEFINITELY worth the watch and it makes me just excited to check out anything that Jordan Peele does after this as an actor or director!
Actors, Actresses, and Production
|Actors/Actresses||Production Team||Production Companies|
Jordan Peele (director, producer, and writer)
Monkeypaw Productions (production company)
Jason Blum (producer)
Perfect World Pictures (production company)
Shahadi Wright Joseph
Ian Cooper (producer)
Universal Pictures (distribution company)
Sean McKittrick (producer)
MIchael Abels (music)
Mike Gioulakis (cinematography)
Nicholas Monsour (editor)
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Money! Money! Money! MONEY!!!
So this film cost about $20 million to make and grossed around $255 million back overall! This is awesome, especially for a sophomore film for a director, I think! It doubled what it cost to make and more than 12.5x that back! Not to make major comparisons between the two films, but Peele's first movie, Get Out, cost 4.5x less than his second film to make, at $4.5 million, but still grossed around the same amount though at a little over $255 million each.