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  • Gareth Crook

Us (2019)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Expectations. They’re a bugger aren’t they. Horror has never interested me, but a good thriller, that’s another thing. This is a good thriller... but not a great one. I had expected more, perhaps due to things I’d heard, perhaps due to loving Peele’s previous outing ‘Get Out’. It is fun though, funny even and whilst that is enjoyable, I think that’s my issue with it, it’s silly, a little too playful. The premise is simple and therefore predictable, with the classic tropes coming thick and fast. That’s not to say there isn’t enough to unpick in what’s being suggested, good/evil, nature/nurture, the existence of a soul, but the delivery felt a bit clunky, largely in part to the second act that felt a bit lazy, bloated and packed with annoying exposition. I’m being harsh though and only because of those damn expectations.



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