I don't think this is what they had in mind when they did Hands Across America.
In one line - average at best. 'Us' really had some interesting concepts and a different take on modern horror, something that Jordan Peele (director) should be incredibly proud of) but it just lacks after the first 10 minutes. One of the best aspects is the ending with a really interesting twist. However, the movie appears to be a bit erratic from start to finish and unfortunately, the strong acting presented isn't enough to save a poor film. If anything, there were elements of the film that screamed 'I watched 'Shaun of the Dead' and I just need to switch it up a bit so it doesn't look like I've cheated'. I suppose the intriguing aspects of the films revolve around both the start and the end, whilst the middle seems to be a free-for-all. I'm not saying the film is awful, not for a second but it could have been so much better. I certainly think that over the past two or three years, the horror genre is going through a micro-transition of being reinvented; I'm ecstatic for that. However, if they are all going to be of a similar sort as this then I figure that I would have no reason to be excited. Potentially, the line "And to think, if it weren't for you... I never would've danced at all" could even be a nod to classic horror elements within the film, if we really looked deep into it. I had expectations of this and I suppose that's definitely the wrong way to go into any film as I was seriously let down.
I think the alarming issue I have with 'Us' is, in fact, the story. It feels like the writer had a great idea, started writing it down, fell asleep after one too many drinks that night, forgot what he was writing and just went mental until he remembered exactly what it was about but couldn't be bothered to fix the middle. I am so disappointed with this because the advertising was great, I'd heard relatively good things and the one thing that was consistent was that it had an interesting twist. But I guess it was the only consistent thing because it was the only thing that actually stood out for good reason. I don't want to rain too much on this parade but why would I say good things if I can't find many. As I have already stated, I loved the twist, I loved the idea and I loved the potential. If anything, it needed to really be focused on for a while when being written and this could easily jump from a 6.4 to high 7. I'd love to see this be given a re-do, even with the same cast, although I doubt that would happen.
Duration: 1h 56 mins
Released: 22 March 2019 (UK).
My Rating: 6.4/ 10.