A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.
Us has craftsmanship. It is horrific, but it is made intentionally and thoughtfully. And it’s with confidence that the film has humor (though sometimes dark) that strengthens the impact of the experience. It progresses the interest—and unsettling intrigue—from the home invasion at night to the sun-filled streets. After all, if characters aren’t safe in their homes, where can they go?
There’s a nuance and complication to some of the morality and spirituality portrayed which also adds a layer of intrigue. Recall the shark in Jaws that is portrayed as the blatantly bad antagonist, so the audience roots for the heroes to defeat it without changing opinion. Similarly, Dracula may pretend to be a gentleman, but we cheer for Van Helsing to serve him a well-done stake with a side of garlic, sentiment sustaining. And while we might root and cheer for certain characters throughout Us, once we understand more during the film’s end, audiences may interpret, or reinterpret, what they just saw in various ways. It may not be as straightforward as one thinks.
Us has the potential to unsettle, upset and disturb, as well as intrigue, entertain and impress. Individuals will need to determine if they should get within reach of its sharp cinematic scissors.
There is graphic, brutal violence, blood, negativity, darkness, language and more. Us is not Dove-Approved.