“Like comedy, horror has an ability to provoke thought and further the conversation on real social issues in a very powerful way.” – Jordan Peele
You guys, I’m not even going to play. This preview was so intriguing but also had me creeped to the core. There are a few things that are huge no-nos for me and they are masks, dolls, and clowns. My boyfriend had to halfway twist my arm to get me to see it. I basically only agreed because I told myself I need to be better about giving movies a shot in order to review them.
Okay, well.. this movie was not at all scary in the way I thought it would be. What I did find scary were the messages this movie was sending, or at least the messages I received. To me, the most horrifying part of this movie was the daughter asking what “Home Alone” is. WHAT?! That’s insulting to me, but we won’t get in to that.
You’re here for a (non-spoiler) review, so here it is.
Screenplay/Originality – While there were predictable moments in this movie and I guessed the ending 20 minutes (you can thank all my Lifetime murder movie watching for that), you can’t even question the originality of this film. Jordan Peele is not messing around. He brings such a uniqueness to the horror/thriller genre by bringing in deep and important messages. The screenplay does seem to leave a bit to the imagination but the reason I’m docking is because when you’re trying to express a deep message, you shouldn’t let people try to figure it out on their own this much.
Rating – 4.5
Acting – Every actor in this film was perfectly selected. Lupita Nyong’o was phenomenal. The way she embodied both characters was beyond amazing. Winston Duke played the comic relief in the form of the husband with Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex playing their kids, all acting in the form of their doppelgängers as well. I don’t want to spoil anything by discussing specific characteristics but trust me when I say, they were all fantastic.
Rating – 5
Entertainment – It’s a good and entertaining movie. I found it to be a good balance of creepy with the right amount of added humor. I thought it was super thought provoking and my brain was working the whole time about different theories, whys, messages, etc. The only reason I don’t give this a perfect score is because I consider it more thriller than horror and I did feel like I left wanting a little bit more.
Rating – 4
Audio – The editing/mixing was great. I was definitely jamming out to the soundtrack.
Rating – 4.5
Visuals – There was subtly in the movie that played into the messages. When the family meets their doppelgängers, they’re all dressed in white/light gray while the others are in red. The daughter at some point is wearing a top with a bunny on it, which let’s just say, rabbits are pretty important in this film.
Rating – 4.5
Trailer – Ehh. This is where I’m unimpressed after watching the movie. The trailer freaked me out, it hyped me up to see it, but after watching the movie, it just didn’t live up.
Rating – 3
The overall rating of this movie for me is a 4.25 out of 5.
I left the theater and immediately starting Googling Peele’s interviews about this movie and theories. I appreciate a movie that makes people think. If you’ve seen it, I would love know what you think! Comment below so we can discuss!
Until next time.