Creative Genius, Jordan Peele, goes 2 for 2 as Us is another hit. Us is a movie unlike any other thriller, with a deeper meaning and twist at the end that will leave you questioning if you understood the movie at all.
Us centers around Lupita Nyong'o's Adelaide Wilson and her family as they go on a family trip to Adelaide's childhood home and go to the local beach. As a child Adelaide went to this same beach with her parents and when she wandered off and walked into a house of mirrors she saw something that traumatized her, another version of herself. Still as an adult Adelaide felt as if she was running away from that moment, until her past catches up with her, and the terror begins.
Like Get Out, the cast's acting was phenomenal. Us was led by Nyong'o, who delivered a powerhouse performance that stole every scene she was in. Winston Duke provided a good supporting role as her husband, Gabe Wilson, and the kids, Jason Wilson and Zora Wilson, played by Evan Alex and Shahadi Wright Joseph's acting was strong enough but Nyong'o shone through. As herself and as her doppleganger, Nyong'o gave a performance that demanded our attention.
Where Us succeeded was by giving us another original thriller with something to say, that feels refreshing and unlike any other horror movie, is thought provoking, creepy, action packed and still keeps to his comedic background because it is funny as well. The key words there are thought provoking, this movie is not as easily analyzed and understood as Get Out was, and is a deeper look at our humanity within all of "us" and the "U.S". If you do not pay attention then the ending's twist will not pay off for you.
Where it could have been slightly better was the actual scares. I felt like it wasn't scary enough because unlike Get Out, Us is a Monkey Paw production, Peele's own company. While Get Out is a Blumhouse production and they are responsible for a number of Horror movies such as the Conjuring franchise. Paired with Blumhouse the movie will naturally be scarier, but regardless Us still delivers and is more than just a typical horror movie.
Peele's sophmore film is a statement that he is a directorial force to be reckoned with and is here to stay. Us is another strong outing for Peele and I'm looking forward to what he does next
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Marvel Studio's latest entry to the MCU "Captain Marvel" sets up a truly formidable hero to help lead the next phase of marvel movies. But this particular origin story was slightly underwhelming with it's slow pacing, dull antagonist and it's mere flashes of true greatness.
Captain Marvel centers around Carol Danvers and her pursuit to stop the skrulls (an alien race that can shapeshift) and their plans but also finding out the secrets to her past so she can move forward.
There was a lot I truly loved about this movie. I loved the glimpses of just how powerful Captain Marvel is, and Brie Larson's performance shined through even with all of the negativity that came her way before the movie's release. Carol's relationships with her friend Maria Rambeau and her daughter, and Nick Fury provided the heart of the film. The action sequences were strong enough, just not enough, and the comedic beats were there as usual like all marvel entries.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the twist that happened in the latter part of the film. It was a twist that was reminicient of Iron Man 3's "Mandarin", a twist that didn't feel needed, But to a regular movie goer and not someone who read's comics it should be fine. The pacing, as stated earlier, was a tad slow with parts that were almost boring. And we really didn't get to see what she is truly capable of until the end which was a bit of a let down. The antagonist was underwhelming at best and coming after infinity war where the stakes could never be higher the stakes for Captain Marvel never seemed high enough.
In all it was another strong outing for marvel but just not as strong as I hoped for. But I am looking forward to her showdown with Thanos.
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