“Us” terrifies audiences across the world

Jordan Peele’s latest movie “Us” is slamming the box office, raking in over $200 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Us” is a horror film that follows a family staying at their vacation home in Santa Cruz, California where the mother, Adelaide, grew up. As the family settles in, trauma from Adelaide’s childhood resurfaces causing her to feel uneasy about being back in Santa Cruz. As the family is about to go to bed another family, who look like their doppelgangers, appear on their property and horror follows.

Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide’s tether, Red, in “Us”.
Photo from NBC News

Adelaide is a complex and interesting character who is further brought to life by Lupita Nyong’o. Nyong’o’s performance is spectacular. The family is another aspect to the movie that I really like. The dad, Gabe, was comedic relief throughout the movie. “Us” is a horror movie but it has more layers to it: comedy, suspense, and thrill. The children, Zora and Jason, were very realistic siblings helping to make the movie relatable and making the horror seem more realistic.

“Us” is enjoyable for all ages. I think that a 17-year-old would enjoy it as much as a 60-year-old would. The movie is also important because it has an almost all-black cast. This is a step in the right direction for the film industry. I hope that “Us” can help to set a standard of diversity for the future of cinema.

I wouldn’t classify “Us” as a scary movie. Yes, there are several gruesome scenes but it’s more of a psychological thriller. “Us” is so life-like because, like Peele’s debut horror film “Get Out”, it is a reflection of American society. As you watch the movie you will understand and see those themes.

There are so many hidden symbols in the film that would make it worthwhile to watch again. Every time you watch “Us” you would pick up on new things and interpret the ending differently. I really enjoyed the ending; it was satisfying, even though it left you with a lot of questions. So much so that fans have written essays and filmed Youtube videos explaining their theories. It’s definitely a film that lingers in your mind for days after you watch it.

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