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Jordan Peele's Us

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:14 pm

The new horror movie from writer/director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) opens this weekend. There are trailers and TV spots but I recommend avoiding them. I haven't watched any of them but I feel like I've gleaned more than enough details about the premise just from the online press coverage around the first trailer. Suffice to say this movie is about a family facing unspeakable terror.

I'm seeing it tomorrow. The last really good horror flick that I saw on the big screen was A Quiet Place nearly a year ago. (The Meg was decent and also more of an action movie.) I'm excited for Us based on the quality of Get Out and the cast led by Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke.
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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

Postby lhb412 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:30 pm

I'll definitely be seeing this this weekend. Horror is in a great place right now, and I just got to hand it to Jordan Peele for making an original horror film that's not part of some legacy brand into a blockbuster event!
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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

Postby Benjamin Haines » Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:10 pm

Us is a brutally effective horror-thriller. Having seen the movie now, I'm comfortable describing the premise in a bit more detail without going into spoilers. Us is about a family of four who are confronted by murderous doppelgangers of themselves. It's a home invasion thriller but it goes a lot further than that. The direction and characterization are brilliant. I really cared about everyone in this family and I was pulling for them the whole way.

The layers underneath the film's premise are loaded with meaning. There's so much to talk about but I'd rather wait until more folks here have seen the movie. If you're a fan of horror, check out Us!
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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

Postby lhb412 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:32 pm

I hope that Jordan Peele makes an original horror movie every two years or so for the foreseeable future, because I can really get used to this. Us is my kind of movie, but I think I'd like to see it again before giving more of my thoughts on it, except for...

Spoiler Below:
.... the fact that this movie does one of my favorite things that you can do in a horror movie: show some sort of frightening supernatural event happening to a small group of characters for the majority of the runtime before pulling back and showing that this is actually happening on a mass scale. I just love that! It feels like something that you're more likely to see in a Japanese or Italian horror film, as opposed to a Hollywood one (Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell is a fine example)

I can't believe that the movie's marketing hid the fact that Tim Heidecker was in this. It was a hell of a surprise to see him, and then to see him crush it in his role. More weird comedians in non comedic movies, please!
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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:08 am

Willing to admit I had a horrible crowd who wouldn’t shut up and ruined every moment of tension and snickered at anything remotely weird, but was not very impressed with this aside from it being well directed. The ingredients are kinda all there but it all doesn’t really come together in a satisfying way.
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Re: Jordan Peele's Us

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:07 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:Willing to admit I had a horrible crowd who wouldn’t shut up and ruined every moment of tension and snickered at anything remotely weird


That is a shame. My opening weekend matinee crowd wasn't disruptive but they were very reactive, which can be fun for a good horror movie in a theater. A Quiet Place was an exception as I've never experienced a crowd being so collectively quiet for so long in a theater.


lhb412 wrote:I'd like to see it again before giving more of my thoughts on it, except for...

Spoiler Below:
.... the fact that this movie does one of my favorite things that you can do in a horror movie: show some sort of frightening supernatural event happening to a small group of characters for the majority of the runtime before pulling back and showing that this is actually happening on a mass scale. I just love that!


Spoiler Below:
That was a great surprise! I'm glad that wasn't spoiled for me by the marketing.
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