Us (2019) tells the story of the Wilsons, a family that is enjoying their holidays in the beaches of California until they are harassed by a group of doppelgängers, evil doubles who threaten to kill them.
Written and directed by Jordan Peele, winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Get Out (2017), Us is his second introduction into horror movies. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, 2018) in the roles of Adelaide Wilson and Red, and Winston Duke (Black Panther, 2018) in the roles of Gabriel Wilson and Abraham. They are accompanied by Shahadi Wright Joseph (The Lion King, 2019) as Zora Wilson and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, 2017-2019) as Kitty Tyler, among others.
With an interesting story told through a captivating direction, Us turns out to be a great incorporation to the horror genre. The film also stands out for its powerful performances, where we see how Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss take their interpretations to the most expressive limits of pain and despair.
Keeping our attention from the beginning to the end, Us invites us to appreciate each take with the same emphasis that encourages us to watch the move again as soon as it ends, this second time paying special attention to details.
Once again, Jordan Peele managed to capture the essential features of horror movies and uses them to address different issues such as race, class conflict and duality. At the same time, it makes a great contribution to the genre with a humor that sometimes gives the film a tone of absurd horror such as Evil Dead II (1987) or Drag Me to Hell (2009), both directed by Sam Raimi. Us is a highly recommended film for those fans of horror movies who are looking for a good film among a sea of mediocrity in which the genre is sinking, but from which it is slowly emerging.