Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spook Out! Day 29 ~ Us (2019)

Amazon Says...
"The visionary behind Get Out returns with an original nightmare, pitting an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves."

I Say...
^An accurate summary.

Horror Type...

Main Players...
Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson (née Thomas)/Red (Mama Bear)
Winston Duke as Gabriel "Gabe" Wilson/Abraham (Papa Bear)
Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson/Umbrae (Sister Bear)
Evan Alex as Jason Wilson/Pluto (Brother Bear)

I liked...
  • the undercurrent of wrongness from the very start
  • the sustained tension from the moment Jason makes his startling announcement to his family
  • how, and this was my favorite part, the family falls into its familiar bickering in one particular scene when peril's closing in around them
  • the flashing back and forth from Adelaide's first encounter with the weird in 1986 to the present day madness
  • that the menace was on a wider scale than I'd thought going into this film

The Meh...
  • the first act is somewhat dry and runs longer than necessary to establish things
  • there's a Big Reveal in the third act, which fits well, then a surprise twist at the end, which also fits well. However, the two don't, in my mind, fit one another for this movie--that is, given the twist, the way the Big Reveal took place doesn't make sense to me

Would I recommend it...?
Yeah, it's a great thriller for Halloween! There's some violence and a bit of gore but all appropriate and not overdone.

I raved about Lupita Nyong'o in a previous review and must do so again here--she's fan-freaking-tastic and should be in All The Things, ever.

My Grade: B+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=93%, Audience Score=60%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Us on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
Us' Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

This concludes day 29 of Spook Out!

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