Us: An In Depth Review of Jordan Peele’s Newest Thriller
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Jordan Peele, the genius behind the award-winning movie Get Out, has released his second horror movie. Similar to Get Out, his new movie, Us, uses a psychological thriller style as a form of social commentary.
Us is the story of a young girl named Adelaide who is visiting the boardwalk at Santa Cruz Beach with her parents in 1986. While at the pier, Adelaide wanders off, ending up in a hall of mirrors. In the hall of mirrors, she encounters her doppelgänger, which horrifies Adelaide. The scene then cuts to black screen. Next, we see Adelaide in the present day, where she is back in Santa Cruz. This time she is with her husband, Gabe, and their two children, Zora and Jason. While at their beach house, Gabe decides that he wants to take the family to the beach at Santa Cruz. This frightens Adelaide, as she has dealt with PTSD ever since her encounter in the hall of mirrors. During their time in Santa Cruz, Adelaide continues to see coincidences, leading her to believe that her doppelgänger is coming to get her. While explaining this to Gabe, their power goes out and their son Jason explains that there is a family in their driveway. It was a family of four, dressed in red jumpsuits and holding hands. Later in the movie, it is revealed that every person has a doppelgänger who lives underground. These people call themselves the “tethered.” I am not going to spoil anymore of the movie, but let’s just say that at this point, all hell breaks loose.
Personally, I really enjoyed this film. As a fan of Get Out, I had very high expectations for Jordan Peele’s second film. I had no prior knowledge of the storyline for Us before seeing the movie, so I really was not sure what to expect. I went to see the movie, and it was horrifying. It was so scary that I decided to see it again a few days later. Although it was a terrifying film, I would not necessarily consider it a horror movie. It’s definitely a thriller that messes with your mind. In most scary movies, there are specific parts that are scary, and other parts that are more relaxed. In Us, every second was scary. It had a somewhat predictable plot, but this did not become obvious until later in the movie. The movie definitely makes up for this in the end by completely turning things around, but you’ll have to see for yourself.
The best part about this movie is that Jordan Peele does such an amazing job placing Easter eggs within the film that connect the viewers to things outside of the movie. The most notable connection is that the “Tethered” wear a single glove, and in the first scene, young Adelaide is shown wearing a “Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’” shirt. Peele explains that the central theme of this movie is duality, and he believes that Michael Jackson is the “patron saint of duality.”
This movie, unlike Get Out, was based on all people coming together. The Tethered did not discriminate based on race; in fact, they did not discriminate at all. While Get Out was about a white family using black men for their bodies.
Overall, I recommend this movie to anybody who is looking for a thrill. I had never experienced anxiety like this in a movie theater until I saw Us.