As a person who tends to get scared easily, I originally thought I’d made a big mistake to go and watch this film in the cinema. Thankfully once it got past about the first 20-30 minutes, the fear dissipated, and I no longer had to sit with my hands clenched or worry about choking on my popcorn due to a jump scare. Us was a film where the fear factor came from the apprehension in the build up to the main events, rather than something where the fear gripped me throughout. As it went on, I got more fascinated in the plot and character motivations to even worry about the fear element.
The plot itself had an intriguing concept behind it and was something that worked well for suspense.
However, when it came to the ending, I not only anticipated the twist, but it was anticlimactic and had no resolution. At most, the story of the family themselves came to a close by the end of the film, but when it came to the bigger picture, the plot was left open ended with a lot of questions left unanswered. That kind of open ending is something that has the potential to make a great ending point, but with Us, all those unanswered questions were something that left me wondering about character motivations right from the start, how everything in the story’s universe actually came to be how it was, and about what comes after the films ending.
Us is one of those films where I had to look up an explanation video to really understand and appreciate everything that had happened, as well as to realise just how many small details there were that I missed.
The acting was amazing, especially from lead actress Lupita Nyong’o who did a stunning job at playing such dramatic and contrasting roles, perfectly embodying two separate personalities. Elisabeth Moss was another actress that stood out to me in the film as although she had less screen-time compared to Lupita she did just as amazing in her own roles.
Overall, Us was a great film that I keep turning over in my head with how intricately planned the film is. Although it had some negatives, I feel as if Us is worth a watch.