How do you follow up one of the most successful and well-received films in recent memory? If you’re Get Out director Jordan Peele, then you make another film that’s just as fantastic.
Here are four reasons why Us, in ODEON cinemas from 22 March, is absolutely unmissable – just remember to take a look at who is sitting next to you!
Everyone’s talking about it
There’s no denying Jordan Peele is one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now. His debut movie Get Out made such a huge impact in 2017, it set a whole new bar for the genre. The film took more than 250 million dollars at the box office worldwide, currently has a 98% rating on reviews website Rotten Tomatoes, and was nominated for four Oscars – almost unheard of for a horror movie – with Peele taking home the gong for Best Original Screenplay.
Skilfully executed, cleverly written, and with a strong message beyond the scares, it’s no wonder everyone was eager to see what he did next.
Smart and innovative
Peele used Get Out not just to give us sleepless nights with the jump scares and creepy stares, but also to offer a thought-provoking social commentary on racism and modern-day slavery.
This time, there is a family at the centre of the story, but as its title suggests, it’s about ‘us’. Or, more specifically, about how we are our own worst enemy. It focuses on the Wilson family, whose trip to a beach house goes horribly wrong when they’re stalked by a family of demonic doppelgangers that Peele refers to as “The Tethered”. Do they purely represent the dark side of the family, or is there something else at play?
Peele has said he’s going for a more “hard horror” vibe this time around.
“For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster mythology,” he told EW. “I wanted to do something that was more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun.”
The Tethered move in a super-creepy, off-kilter fashion, there’s ominous hovering in the shadows, scissors placed unbearably prominently in shots, masks, fire, dead bodies… It certainly doesn’t hold back. The takeaway? If a kid tells you, “There’s a family in our driveway”, you’d better damn well run for the back door.
The horror landscape is changing, and with an influx of high-concept movies comes higher profile actors.
Last year’s Hereditary saw Oscar-nominee Toni Collette give one of the strongest performances of her career, while A-Lister Emily Blunt acted her socks off in major horror hit A Quiet Place. For Us, Peele has enlisted Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Black Panther), Winston Duke (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War) and two-time Golden Globe–winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), among others, to tell his latest story.
It’s the coming together of artists at incredibly exciting stages of their career, and we’re fully onboard to follow them wherever they go. Even if it’s somewhere scary as hell...