Us – Review at Gunaxin

Posted by Eddie Pasa on March 22, 2019 in , / No Comments

 

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Jordan Peele has made two films, Get Out and Us – extremely thoughtful horror films which reflect varying aspects of our current society. While Get Out tackled race relations under the guise of a kidnapping film, Us goes broader in its reach and forces us to look at the underbelly of America. The title alone – Us – makes us wonder about the flipside of that simple two-letter word: who is “them“? I cover a lot of this in my review at Gunaxin, but here’s a little bonus content; I couldn’t find the space or transitions to include these little nuggets. Read the review here.

* Michael Abels, music composer of Get Out, returns to push Peele’s visuals beyond the unsettling into the downright disturbing with his atmospheric score. Again, the film starts its opening credit sequence (using the same font as Get Out‘s credits, colored red instead of blue) with a choral arrangement whose lyrics might once again be a portent of the film which follows.
* At one point, a song by N.W.A. is prominently featured in an action scene. The lyrics “When I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath” provide a darkly hilarious joke regarding what’s happening and what’s about to happen. (I might’ve been the only one laughing at this.)
* Peele has stated this film is directly inspired by an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “Mirror Image.” Watching it might prove useful to your enjoyment of Us.
* The film’s post-prologue scene features “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz, which gets recycled into an orchestral version later in the film. Listen for it.
* Cinematographer Mike Gioulakis deserves full credit for making every frame meaningful and vital. (It’s also telling that the directors he works with choose not to render his photography worthless by overediting.) Check out his work in It Follows and Split.

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Eddie Pasa

Eddie is a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) and the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS). Since starting in 2010 at The Rogers Revue, Eddie has written for Reel Film News (now defunct), co-founded DC Filmdom, and writes occasionally for Gunaxin. When not reviewing movies, he's spending time with his wife and children, repeat-viewing favorites on 4k or Blu-Ray, working for rebranding agency Mekanic, or playing acoustic shows and DJing across the DC/MD/VA area. Special thanks go to Jenn Carlson, Moira and Ari Pasa, Viki Nova at City Dock Digital in Annapolis, Mike Parsons, Philip Van Der Vossen, and Dean Rogers.

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