Us ★★★★½

Duality is a theme that has been explored numerous times in cinema, but Jordan's Peele sophomore effort brings something completely new to the table and has officially made his mark in the annals of film history.

Us explores a family's trip to their summer beach house and what happens when intruders identical to them lurk around every corner. Then, a lot of craziness ensues...

Anchored by fantastic performances, some sharp writing, and visuals that are going to be etched in my mind for quite some time, Us provides a thrilling and intelligent look into duality, family, and how we deal with our personal trauma.

Lupita Nyong'o is absolutely astounding in the lead, a truly fearless performance that accentuates the movie's themes and storytelling exquisitely. Winston Duke also turns in very good work, in a role that tonally miles apart from that of Nyong'o, but works nonetheless. The younger actors, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, are brilliant finds, and they manage to hold their own opposite the adults.

Many were concerned that Jordan Peele would succumb to the sophomore slump, but he absolutely exceeds his directorially and narratively strong debut with something that's equally as fresh but provides a more cohesive journey. There were a few bumps along the way, but nothing more than a couple of nitpicks here and there.

Peele's visual storytelling and use of camera are excellent.

A definite must-see. Nyong'o should enter the Oscar conversation.

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