Us: A Journey of Self-Reflection

Once more, comedian-turned-horror director Jordan Peele, has given audiences across the country something to think about.

In his next movie, Peele has us bouncing around from the 80s to present day. We focus on Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) who has experienced a horrific trauma that has stayed with her for her entire life. Her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) manages to convince to go on vacation in Santa Cruz with the children where here trauma took place.

   

Soon, a great many things began to line up, coincidences if you would. Then that night, they are met with strange family standing outside of their summer home. After a tense home invasion sequence they soon learn that the family is none other than themselves.

These creatures known as the Tethered are exact copies of them, but with several characteristics about them changed such as missing eyebrows and burned faces. Red (also played by Nyong’o) is the leader of the Tethered. In her raspy voice, she explains her goals, tells a story, and threatens the family. Each family member is forced to go up against their doppelganger and turns it from summer vacation, to a night of terror.

The film itself goes beyond what “Get Out” did. While Peele’s first movie is self-contained, “Us” becomes a larger than life story that Peele juggles a variety of themes and ideas that can lead a messier third act.

The effects, acting, and pacing are all of high praise and are rightly deserved so, but the overall theme within the script can appear lost to many folks. But, do not let that deter you from viewing the film yourself. It’s still an exciting film to watch, especially with friends.

The music is one of the most important parts of the film. With songs like “I got 5 on it,” “Good Vibrations,” to a well known N.W.A. song. And a finale with “Les Fleurs,” the film is given a wide variety of shocking scenes with these songs.

Finally, at the very end, you’re hit with a sucker punch of a revelation that will lead you to over analyze the movie once more and more importantly, to make you go back and see the movie all over again to see what hints you missed along the way.

The film deserves it’s praise in all aspects, although if you think too hard about the writing you may get a headache, but an otherwise strong second film by Jordan Peele that gives you thrills and chills.

9/10.

By Tristan Anderson

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