Even if there was a performative aspect to their fear, it was fun as fucking shit. I saw It on opening night with a crowd of 12 people and none of the scares did anything for any of them. Peele has a legitimate talent and if he can keep turning in movies at this budget he can probably follow his weird little muse forever, courtesy of Blumhouse. Exciting!
Also, this is the first time in years I saw an effective horror movie with a packed crowd of screaming teenagers and it was absolutely incredible. The first big scare, that is featured prominently in the trailers, literally had two teenage boys dive out of their seats and run for the exit, which is a thing you hear in anecdotes about the original runs of Alien or The Exorcist but always sounds like bullshit.
From start to finish, even having seen the trailer 23 times and knowing all the images I still had to see, I never knew what was going to happen next, never knew if any characters were safe, never knew WHAT THE FUCK WAS GOING ON. Even if it's too perfect to be a perfect hell, Us is a hell of a thing.
And later exposition so belabored and comprehensive (and yet totally baffling and irresolvable) that simply has to be about a Specific Thing. What is that Specific Thing? I don't know. You can float theories as universal as underclass vs upper class or as timely as the Trump-era bringing irrefutable light to American truths that always already existed, but none seem to quite fit to me, not enough to enhance the film.
You don't have to break your back coming up with the perfect social issue this is an allegory for to enjoy the film but the inclination to do so is perfectly understandable. Opening the exact same way as Noe's Climax (this time the VHS is CHUD and The Right Stuff instead of Suspiria and Possession), he lays out period details so specific that they have to have ulterior motive.
Us (2019) - Ultimately Peele's problem here is that he is a very literal and logic-driven filmmaker, constantly using best Hollywood practices of setting up and paying off gags, everything noted and then called back, and these devices add up to an experience that is impossible to view as pure irrational nightmare, even if pure irrational nightmare is what would serve this story.
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Love to think about when my parents die and 1000% of people wishing me well will contextualize it by telling me they're in a better place I have no belief in.
This is video of this lunatic who made a crowd of wrestling fans boo wrestling and cheer Wheatus.
@tessaracked (I have looked up the wrestler's name, it is Spyder Nate Webb, this guy is a real problem)
Generalistic and moderated instance.