Chances Lupita Took
At this moment, the dust has barely begun to collect on Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Get Out. While the weirdos and twist proved as seminal as a reanimated corpse, Us reacts by plunging hands into frost bitten memories and disturbing the flow of the world.
A similar trial beset Jess (Melissa George) during Christopher Smith’s Triangle only… Lupita Nyong’o shifts and parries her way to a poetic finale. Meanwhile, the deep husk in her voice makes the role unintentionally funny, steadfast scary and aleatoric. The symphony comes from her eyes. Even without Peele’s local butcher dialogue, she conveys so much via the pupil, iris and shades of terror/warmth.
In 1986, young Adelaide (Madison Curry, those eyes again) escapes the protective gaze of her shortsighted parents. She ambles down to the beach, the moon far from view, and steps into a fun house. Years later, she remains haunted by the experience. Now with a family of her own, husband Gabe (Winston Duke) talks Adelaide (Nyong’o) into vacationing near the same beach at Santa Cruz. Initially hesitant, she agrees.
For Us, the accident becomes the norm as Peele leaves plenty to think about. Additionally, Nicholas Monsour’s editing promotes constructive criticism due to such layers of intrigue. While the jokes can seem flippant, the horror emerges from a location constantly in motion: the human heart. Once stirred, there’s little prospect in forgetfulness. (Capsule review)
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(Released by Universal and rated "R" by MPAA.