“Us” is a Riveting Yet Thought Provoking Film

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“Us” is a Riveting Yet Thought Provoking Film

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Ryan Schnurr, Contributor

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Jordan Peele’s second crack at the horror genre in the movie Us is thought-provoking yet still riveting. Unlike Peele’s first movie, Get Out, which was critically acclaimed, Us is more of a classic horror film.

The film begins with a flashback to 1986, where the lead, Adelaide, played by Lupita Nyong’o, is a young girl at the Santa Cruz boardwalk wearing a “Hands Across America” shirt. The young girl wanders off into a hall of mirrors and encounters a twin version of herself.

After this, the film flashes forward to present time, where an African-American family of four, the Wilsons, which includes Adelaide as the mother, are trying to enjoy their summer near Santa Cruz. Immediately, odd occurrences begin, and Adelaide seems to be hypersensitive about noticing these strange coincidences.

Peele does not make the audience wait long for a scare, as before the end of the first act, the sinister doppelganger family is already outside waiting for the Wilsons. As the movie continues, it becomes deeper and can serve as an allegory or a metaphor for many things. These include the duality of people, how Americans are products of circumstance or realizing the potential within all of us. This is how Us truly succeeds as a film, because at a mere surface level it’s engaging, but once viewed with more intent, the broad metaphors Peele is trying to showcase come to light.

However, the movie is not without flaw, as the second act can become a bit repetitive. In this same act, there are a couple of slight plot holes. These issues are not overwhelming and can be easily forgotten when the third act begins.

In the resolution of the film, comes a masterful twist, that for part of the film seemed impossible; and that’s the point. After the twist is revealed, many things make sense and force the viewer to reconsider exactly what they have been rooting for for the past two hours. This drills down even further the aforementioned metaphors, and with the eyes of the audience opened, the film ends leaving a great story behind and a path of deep thought ahead.