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‘Us:’ Jordan Peele’s newest masterpiece

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‘Us:’ Jordan Peele’s newest masterpiece

"Us" currently has a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned roughly $182 million dollars at the Worldwide Box Office.

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"Us" currently has a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned roughly $182 million dollars at the Worldwide Box Office.

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"Us" currently has a score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned roughly $182 million dollars at the Worldwide Box Office.

Xander Donahue, Staff Writer

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Director Jordan Peele made his mark on the world with his debut film “Get Out” in 2017, and he is already back at it with his newest horror/thriller “Us.”

“Us” follows the Wilson family on their vacation to a beach house where Adelaide, the mother, grew up. When strange coincidences start to occur, Adelaide becomes increasingly suspicious and worried about the safety of her family. Their getaway takes a turn for the worst when four mysterious strangers dressed in red and wielding golden scissors descend upon their house, forcing the family to fight for their survival. As time goes on, questions arise, secrets are revealed and bizarre occurrences continue to take place.

Peele really knocked this one out of the park. The film has a little bit of everything in it: horror, action, a great and original story and even comedy. As a matter of fact, “Us” turned out to be incredibly funny, despite its dark tone. It gives the movie a fun-thriller vibe, creating both chilling and intense scenes, while also balancing it out with funny and light-hearted moments, all thanks to Peele’s brilliant writing. The humor in the movie is generally fitting; however, at some points, it did feel a bit out of place.

Some of the funnier moments did somewhat take away from the overall seriousness of the movie, but that isn’t necessarily bad. Besides, the scarier, more intense scenes did what they were supposed to do: they built suspense and really brought the audience to the edge of their seats. The more intense scenes were elevated by the movie’s incredible imagery and interesting and engaging shots.  

Another great element of the film that made it so engaging was its ominous and beautiful score, composed by Michael Abels. The music captured the tone of the movie very well and wonderfully complimented the film. The most memorable part of the score accompanied the opening credits, which perfectly established the movie’s eerie, unsettling tone without skipping a beat.

Watching this movie really did feel like a one of a kind experience because of its engaging and interesting story. The immersive and imaginative world that Peele creates on screen is so interesting to watch that the viewer feels like they have to completely digest every second of the movie in order to really feel satisfied. It is the brilliant actors who brought the characters to life, however, that took the story to the next level. Winston Duke and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o both gave fantastic performances and shared great on-screen chemistry.

Peele once again proved to the world that he truly is a master of cinema. Granted, he only has two films that he has directed thus far, but at this point, it is hard to imagine that he could put out a movie that is anything less than amazing. If you want a good time at the theatre while also getting to experience a fun, scary and interesting thriller, “Us” is the perfect movie to go see.

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Xander Donahue, Staff Writer

Alexander Donahue is a senior at LHS and a member of various prestigious music groups across the state. He hopes to someday have a bachelor's in music...

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