Us ★★★★½

"We're Americans"

Peele weaves together so many different textures and ideas here.

Lupita Nyong’o is a revelation. I think it's a mark of an incredible actor when they are able to portray twin characters with such varied physicality and nuance. I also really enjoyed how easily Tim Heidecker was able to turn his particular brand of physical comedy into something horrific.

"Us" is a great example of how various production elements can all rise up to support a film. Mike Gioulakis' cinematography is wonderful. The distinction between the stark light of the beach and inky blacks of the night scenes creates a real feeling of separation and foreboding. The soundtrack by Michael Abels is the best I've heard in a long time. There's a particularly genius re-imagining of a 90's hip-hop track which feels as iconic as anything John Carpenter ever recorded.

Jordan Peele obviously loves horror. There's shades here of everything from C.H.U.D to Martyrs. I really enjoy how the director is able to incorporate his varied influences into something that feels consistently fresh and unique. I can't wait to see what he does next.

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