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Following his Oscar winning hit, Get Out, Jordan Peele has created a movie that, from the trailers alone, looks to be more of a pure, traditional horror movie than his previous endeavor. Of course, the man bringing us a brand new version of The Twilight Zone actually has a lot more going on in his new film, Us. Recently, the director spoke about what exactly it is his new film is trying to say and how he hopes audiences will relate to it. According to Peele...
I have a very clear meaning and commentary I’m trying to strike with this film. I’m also trying to design a film that’s very personal for every individual. On the broader strokes of things, this movie is about this country. When I decided to write this movie I was stricken by the fact that we’re in a time where we fear The Other — whether it’s the mysterious invader we think is going to come and kill us or take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near that voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. I wanted to suggest maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil is us.
It's not exactly news to say that the nation feels quite divided these days. Jordan Peele has made a career, in both comedy and horror, out of pointing out many of those divisions. In fact, that's part of what makes Peele's work so interesting in my opinion. It's remarkable how much a movie like Get Out has in common with a sketch from Key and Peele. They just use different emotions to get across a similar message.
It seems that Us will do very much the same thing, based on what Jordan Peele said at SXSW (via EW). It wants the audience to take a look at themselves, and question their own perspectives, motives, and beliefs. In this case, it's being done quite literally on screen with a group of characters battling themselves.
While there might still be an important commentary being made in Us, that doesn't change the fact that it also looks to be an absolutely terrifying horror movie in a very traditional sense. A family finds themselves being stalked by dark and twisted versions of themselves. There might be a metaphor being created there, but there's also a movie monster that will likely just make your skin crawl.
Based on the early reaction, it looks like Jordan Peele may have another massive hit on his hands. Us premiered over the weekend at SXSW and the reactions from those that were lucky enough to see it have been overwhelmingly positive. If there was any worry that Jordan Peele was going to be a one hit wonder (there wasn't) it's certainly been removed now.
I have to say there's something about the trailer for Us that absolute chills me. There hasn't been a movie in recent memory that I've been so excited to see while also being a little afraid to see it. The fact that there's another layer to the story, that is likely to only make me feel that much more uncomfortable, has only amplified both feelings.
Us opens nationwide March 22.