There are reasons that Jordan Peele’s Get Out didn’t work for me that’s probably more suited to a post of its own, so I was quietly apprehensive of his doppelgänger follow-up. Thankfully, Us breathes new life into the genre with a finely-tuned, densely-layered baroque style and a justly pessimistic vision. Lupita Nyong’o is the undeniable MVP here, performing dualling roles serving to contradict one another within the same frame, with combative maternal instincts from both. It also features absolutely terrific…
Vampires – as with zombies before them – have resurged in the last decade and slowly but surely worn out their welcome. It’s in this fly-on-the-wall mockumentary style that co-directors and stars Clement and Waititi have breathed new life into the otherwise floundering sub-genre. The humour here isn’t because they’re centuries old vampires, but more that they co-habit like the rest of us: arguing about cleaning dishes or leaving half-devoured body-parts in communal areas. The style lends a unique angle…
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Immediately upon leaving the auditorium after seeing Jeremy Saulnier's third feature, I turned to my friends and said: "that was truly fucking horrible". Depending on your personal cinematic tastes, this is either a bad thing or a good thing. In relation to my tastes, this declaration was a very good thing indeed.
Full review at Big Face, Small Razor.