What’s up guys, gays, and gworls! I’m back at it like a crack addict with a review on Jordan Peele’s new social thriller, ‘Us’. I’ve given y’all three weeks to see it so best believe that this review will contain SPOILERS. So, get ready!
“Accompanied by her husband, son, and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them.”
So, before I get in-depth with the theories and all the other good things about the movie I must first stan the entire freaking cast, especially Lupita Nyong’o. Like homegirl real deal STUDIED for this role! I was shocked when Peele said they had to film scenes involving Adelaide’s tether on separate days because of how far gone she was into the role. And Winston Dukes featuring his thighs? He made sure that his role as Abraham brought the comedic relief at the right time. Also, I loved how his character was made for all the blind folks like me. I stan a blind king!
Evan Alex did GREAT playing his tether. Plus, him saying of a few vulgar or near-vulgar words gave me a good cackle or two during the movie. Shahadi played a bomb role as Adelaide’s daughter Zora! When her tether stretched, I knew sis was in for it. Plus, Zora knows how to swing a golf club. Be on the lookout for Shahadi Wright Joseph, because she’s on the up and coming!
Now that we covered the acting, let’s talk about how Jordan Peele just put his foot on our neck with this movie full of plot twists and mind games. After the success of Peele’s movie ‘Get Out’, he had told us how he was going to make five more social thrillers (cannot wait for the remaining four) and ‘Us’ was his next project. On the surface, this movie is just seen as the family fighting against themselves but as you watch the movie you realize that it’s about two things. In my opinion, it’s about how some people out there like us must live a life of lesser than while we revel and enjoy the “good” life. People in lower-income households and third-world countries have issues that we don’t have to deal with. Like when Red was telling the story about the princess and her shadow. Also, it’s about dealing with and confronting the bad about you. Having that “shadow” follow you for the rest of your life sounds horrible, so deal with your issues or they will deal with you.
Moving on to the theories—my favorite part. I have a theory, possibly a popular theory, that the kids didn’t have any problem killing because they are half-tethers. Since Adelaide and Red had swapped places, their kids aren’t just your regular kids. A cross-breed of a human and a soulless tether, a tether that’s not afraid to kill. Another theory I have is that Jason knows that his mother isn’t his real mother. As many others think, he has probably been down in the underground before. Remember when Zora said, “didn’t this happen last year?” This makes me think he swapped places with his tethered and recognized Adelaide was one because he’s one. Game recognizes game!
There are so many other theories and easter eggs that are being discussed all throughout Reddit threads and the interwebs. I must go back a few more time to fully dissect everything about the movie
This movie is catching a smooth 10 out 10 rating because it was just that GOOD! ‘Us’ is available in a theater near you for viewing. If you haven’t seen it then please go and see it. If you have seen it… go see it again. Also let’s discuss your favorite moments and theories about this movie in the comments and on Twitter
Gay and Geeky,