What to say aboutUs? It had its moments, several that were perfectly engaging. However, there were some scenes I wish had gone differently.
Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker, I enjoyed much of the mystery in Jordan Peele’s horror/mystery/thriller about a family whose beach holiday takes a terrorising turn, thanks to the arrival of their doppelgängers. It’s just unfortunate that a little bit of that enjoyment disappeared when I realised I’d guessed a crucial element of the story within the first ten minutes.
Other moments that convinced me I’m not enjoying Us as much as I did Get Out (2017) include the feeling that Nyong’o’s doppelgänger has far too much dialogue. Another is the taking of young Evan Alex’s character towards the end. Now, I’m sure that parents get distracted in extraordinary circumstances. Nevertheless, that specific taking felt as though it happened far too conveniently for my liking.
Even with the above considered, there’s no taking away from the brilliant performances by the entire cast. I especially found Winston Duke’s character quite entertaining.
For me, Peele is still great at creating a perfectly uncomfortable atmosphere that’s very difficult to look away from, even if, in the case of Us, the social commentary doesn’t quite land as neatly.
You’ve probably already watched Us, but if you haven’t and you’re curious. Plus you enjoyed Get Out, then give Us a chance.
Shirley is a new biography / thriller about renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson.
Starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg and Logan Lerman, the story centres around the source of inspiration for Jackson’s next book; a young couple that Jackson and her husband invite into their home.
Directed by Josephine Decker; additional key cast includes Odessa Young and Steve Vinovich.
I’m watching because it’s Moss, Lerman, plus it’s a biography so I’m definitely expecting the truth to be stranger than fiction.
Ryan Spahn, Molly Fahey, Adelind Horan, Emily Decker, Ava Langford, Edward O’Blenis and Thomas Racek also star.
Light Of My life is a new drama written / directed by Casey Affleck.
Starring Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Pniowsky and Tom Bower, it’s the story of a father who disguises his daughter as his son in order to protect her after a plague wipes out most of the female population…
Talk about a nightmare situation for the few females who survive the plague. I need to see how this play out.
Timothy Webber, Hrothgar Mathews, Jesse James Pierce, Kory Grim, Lloyd Cunningham, Thelonius Serrell-Freed, Patrick Keating and Tommy Clarke also star.