Hey there! How did your first day of spring go? Mine was great. I’m thrilled to be done with winter again for one more year. The year looms ahead, pregnant with the promise of amazing things to come… or something. Here’s hoping it’s amazing 🙂
But, enough blather from me. let’s see what you should be watching this weekend at the theater!
And… your choice is very clear. Jordan Peele is certainly turning out to be a good director in the horror genre. In this particular flick, he deals with my favorite subject: the alter ego. What horrors lurk in yours? Do you know? You should find out and make peace with it, or it’s bound to consume you, as Lupita Nyong’o’s Adelaide finds out.
The story is about a sweet little family out on vacation. There’s Adelaide (Lupita), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex). Adelaide, haunted by an apparition she saw in a hall of mirrors when she was a little girl (Madison Curry), is full of trepidation, because they are back in that same location in Santa Cruz. An evening spent with the neighbors (Elizabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker) goes downhill, but wait! Things are just getting started 🙂 For when the family returns to their cabin, they find in their driveway four people who seem to be their exact replicas. And hence the fun begins.
There’s not much else I can tell you without ruining the lovely surprises, other than the fact that Peele really loves creating those very particular shots and angles. The cinematography is great. There are all the usual aspects of horror flicks present such as abundant gore, jump scares and such. It’s also peppered with snippets taken from past horror landmark flicks, such as gloves (Freddy Kreuger), scissors and shears (Dial M For Murder), work-wear jumpsuits (Hannibal Lecter, Michael Myers), and so on. But it’s no homage film. The acting is excellent, with each actor having to also play their own double… and in this respect, Lupita steals the show. If you like her, you’re bound to love this. There’s only one regret I have—the film didn’t open Halloween. Now that would have been perfect. Check out the trailer here:
Hey… short and sweet this time! But, seriously—go see this. A film that stays with you long after the experience – now that’s really getting your money’s worth. Trust me—you’ll never look at anyone the same way ever again 🙂
Love this review? Hate it? Or meh? Let me know! And here’s hoping I’ll see you at the theater!