As a horror suspense thriller, Writer-Director Jordan Peele has given us an exhilarating and entertaining movie.
It’s not the scariest movie around, but Peele knows how to build up and create tension, and successfully put me on the edge of my seat for a lot of it.
Set pieces. Fantastic thriller set pieces here, and there are several of them.
Visually, the movie is amazing to look at. From the cinematography, the symbolically iconic looking images, to several memorable moments that I won’t be forgetting. Gotta love some of the camera angles chosen for certain scenes that I’m not going to spoil.
Story-wise, this has a great premise. The idea of a plot that you might have in your head just based on the promotional trailer isn’t enough to describe what actually happens in the movie. I was definitely invested to see the whole movie through.
In terms of themes, metaphors, symbolism, this movie is layered as heck. There are so many things to discuss with what happens in the story, to what it’s really all about.
Amazing cast of actors here, with a stand-out dual-role performance by Lupita Nyong’o. Evan Alex, Shahadi Wilson, Winston Duke, Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss, were all fantastic! As expected, Winston Duke gets to be the funny one most of the time.
As much as I liked some of the humor bits, it felt out of place at times, and took me out of the movie.
There were moments that I just didn’t believe what the characters were doing, which also took me out of the movie.
I have to point out that there is one particular plot point that I wished was actually addressed, because it felt like a glaring plot hole to me that fundamentally would have changed the film.
You may want to brush up or re-familiarize yourselves on “Hands Across America.”
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