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I was shocked by how much I disliked this. Get Out is way, WAY better. I don't know what Jordan Peele was trying to achieve with Us. From what I gathered, the movie was apparently supposed to be some kind of allegory, but an allegory for what exactly? Does Jordan Peele himself even know? Not surprisingly perhaps, this attempt on Peele's part to make something more than a mere horror film winds up backfiring on him big time. And what the audience is left with is one lofty, pretentious, muddle of a movie (don't get me started on the various discontinuities and unanswered questions). But the absolute biggest disappointment about Us is that it isn't especially scary, suspenseful or funny (attributes that Get Out thankfully never failed to deliver on). The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that my favorite thing about Us was me getting a discount ticket price for the theater I saw it in.
Batman Begins was a good to great movie, and did a better job of explaining Batman's origins than this film, but whenever I think about it I only have one question: is it as fun as Tim Burton's Batman? I'd have to say no. Batman Begins may've been a little too concerned with being serious and realistic that it lost sight of what Gotham City is supposed be. And I don't know what that is entirely, I just know that it isn't Chicago. The art design, the costumes, and lines in this Batman are still the most imaginative of any. The plot is nothing special, but it's so much weirder than the majority of super hero movies that it seems unfair to complain. Favorite line: "Shields."
This is another popular movie like The Departed where I don't understand its appeal, but I will say that it was probably the most technically impressive movie from 2006. The long tracking shots, and more importantly, what's going on during those shots are nothing short of amazing. The movie as a whole though was curiously hollow. The characters left something to be desired and the plot was foggy. Yet at the same time, part of me feels like this is an unfair jab because the same could be said about 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I have no problem when people call that a masterpiece. Then again, the ambiguities in 2001 are more interesting than the ones in this. In the end, I just wished the story could've been as equally compelling to the carefully planned shots.