Jordan Peele’s Us – Rivetingly Mediocre

– Written and Directed by Jordan Peele

Producers – Jordan Peele, Daniel Lupi, Beatriz Sequeira, Jason Blum, Ian Cooper, Sean McKittrick

Starring – Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elizabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

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I have a great deal of admiration for what Jordan Peele was going for, and I will say some of the punches landed. This film was gutsy, ambitious, brutal, emotional, and visceral. Lupita Nyong’o was OUTSTANDING in her dual roles, with a richly-layered performance that shone above the rest. ‏The movie was also technically brilliant, from the chilling score and sound design, to the riveting cinematography and shot-selection, but the execution of the story itself simply did not work for me.

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There were far too many leaks in the plot that could not quite be plugged by the bandages of its mechanical magnificence. The overall tone and direction felt uncommitted and foundationally flawed. The narrative unsuccessfully straddled the line between ambiguity and adequate explanation. Everything was there for this film to be a massive grand slam, but at the end of the day it felt more like a double bagger with the runner barely reaching base.

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Jordan Peele did enough with “Us” to prove that he is far from a one-hit wonder, but I am still eager for a follow-up to “Get Out” that raises the bar even further.

Grade: B-

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