I wanted to go somewhere in the morning before heading on to the baseball game, so I took the buses over to Emeryville to the AMC Bay Street 16. When I got there, I was a bit surprised to see quiet a few people in line already at the box office. I was there to buy a ticket for “Us,” the Jordan Peele film that I had heard about. It references movies like “The Lost Boys,” “The Shining,” and “The Goonies,” and it was apparently inspired by a Twilight Zone episode called “Mirror Image.” I also thought of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Omega Man,” and I remembered that Grace Kelly used a pair of scissors as a weapon in “Dial M for Murder.” The boat reminded me of both “Jaws” and “The Birds.” I didn’t really like sitting through the bloody violence involving a golf club and other instruments. Jordan Peele makes films that make audience talk to the screen, saying things like “It’s about time” and “KILL HER!” For this story, however, the audience doesn’t really know what’s going on, so they may feel foolish. I looked over the information on “Mirror Image” to refresh my memory. It took place in a bus station, and the stars were Vera Miles and Martin Milner. Peele did show a Serling-like approach in formulating his story, although his story is outlandish and needs some explaining. It was so curious that he chose to include the concept of Hands Across America that I barely remember from 1986. He made a reference to Michael Jackson with the “Thriller” video. I still hear Michael Jackson’s music at places like the Coliseum. I was wondering how long it would take one of the Tethered to talk. If they are imitating people’s behavior, why would it that speech would be difficult. We see a pair of twins who seemed to come out of “The Shining.” A lot of fans of “Get Out” went out to see this movie. They left the theatre this time discussing what went on and what the ending meant. Usually, good movies are ones that are clear in intent and you don’t have to figure out. This time, everyone was trying to figure out the meanings of the rabbits, Jeremiah 11:11, and “I Got 5 On It.” Some people praised Peele again, and at least a few called this film a letdown. I will say that this movie didn’t excite me or care about its ideas. I feel that this movie isn’t going to last too long in my memory. The ending reminded me of the last Jurassic Park movie. I did like the cast, with Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, although most of the actors were unfamiliar to me. I thought this was a lesser movie compared to “Get Out.” I won’t feel like rushing out to see Peele’s next film. Some of the people who died on April 3 include Jesse James (1882), Johannes Brahms (1897), Conrad Veidt (1943), Kurt Weill (1950), Warren Oates (1982), Mary Ure (1990), Graham Greene (1991), and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (2013). Today is a birthday for Eddie Murphy (58), Alec Baldwin (61), Wayne Newton (77), Jane Goodall (85), and Doris Day (97).

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2 Responses to Us

  1. Isaac Chase says:

    “Usually good movies are clear in intent and you don’t have to figure them out”? Really? Couldn’t disagree with you more!

    • chrisdeeohi says:

      When I made that comment, I was thinking about this quote from Akira Kurosawa: “A film should appeal to sophisticated, profound-thinking people. A truly good movie is really enjoyable, too. There’s nothing complicated about it. A truly good movie is interesting and easy to understand.”

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