Us Merges Horror and Social Politics Wonderfully

The movie Us, starring Lupita Nyongo and Winston Duke, is a bit of a suspense thriller about a family who is being attacked by… themselves essentially. Keeping it safe I’ll say the movie has a super unique concept and is filmed in a way that you can tell Jordan Peele really loves the horror genre and building weird tension. The acting in it is great as most of the actors are portraying to characters in the film. It is properly creepy and uncomfortable at times while still managing to keep a light-hearted tones for a few moments. It’s great, don’t believe your lame teenage sister who thought it was overrated. You know who I’m talking about.

Spoilers for Us up ahead:

Jordan Peele sprung up outta the sketch comedy world, from his hit shows MadTV and Key & Peele, to direct a little film called Get Out. It kind of took the world by storm in 2017. Combining social politics with horror created a super original film about high class white Americans hijacking the bodies of young black people. Essentially an allegory for white america using minorities for their own advancement and then casting them to the wayside and broken down ghettos, or the sunken place.

Peele just recently released his second film titled Us. Fittingly titled, it’s another look at the state of the U.S. The film is a look at classism and a tale of war between the haves and the have nots. Whether it’s the white couples bigger boat showing up Winston Duke’s lil trash boat, or the free folk above versus the tethered down below.

I’m sure this film has a bunch of significance I did not catch and that’s fine. This is just my honest review, I didn’t research all of the subtext and easter eggs. A few things you can catch are Peele’s ability to call back and set up so many plot devices. The little ambulance car holding the door open leads to the trap for the youngest tether. The boat turning on and off on the dad comes back to bite him. You can even see Lupita Nyong’o smiling in the windows reflection when telling the story of the mirror house. The body switch was well handled but probably could’ve been a bit more subtle, I’ll give you that.

All in all I think this movie functions better as a horror film than Get Out, but it doesn’t have the same cultural impact. Get Out released at the most perfect time in the country’s climate and is well deserving of its awards. Us, however, just had more proper creepy imagery in it. The dance fight to an eerily flipped “I Got 5 On It” by the Luniz was is etched into my brain. Us is an absolute yes for me. Even if I don’t get the scissors and rabbit symbolism. And I’ll say, the Lupita voice was jarring at first, but I didn’t hate it as much as some people did. It was just unexpected. She definitely gave the best performance in the movie and Winston Duke was hilarious in it. I’ve yet to see any of Jordan Peele’s new Twilight Zone, but I think it is safe to say it will be something quite different.

For a movie recommendation, I’ll obvious leave you with Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out. A much more grounded, to an extent, suspense thriller based around some very real issues in America. If Daniel Kaluuya wows you in that film, check out Season 1 Episode 2 of Black Mirror. It’s called Fifteen Million Merits and it takes a look at the classism and fame for hunger we face in the world today. People will do what they can to climb up.

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