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100 WORD FILM REVIEWS / Us

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US: B-

Image copyright Blumhouse

Image copyright Blumhouse

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is a film we all don’t know we need to see until we actually see it. Us is by no means perfect. Peele juggles too many ideas but they don’t all coalesce. But that doesn’t make it a bad movie. While there are instances where Peele’s narrative has us struggling to tether subliminal clues—before attempting to explain the conceit with clunky exposition—there are moments of pure cinematic inspiration. Its humor is pitch-perfect, its cinematography claustrophobic, and its central family comprised of sympathetic protagonists with which we as an audience can become fully invested in.

Sean Woodard, Film Editor