With just two feature length films under his belt, Jordan Peele has already displayed that he has a knack for symbolism.
His latest offering Us, is no different, yet as a very is just as satisfying if not more so than his break out film Get Out.
Us follows the story of a family vacation is Santa Cruz, when things all of sudden don’t appear to be what they seem.
The film opens with a mother and father enjoying an evening along the Santa Cruz boardwalk, when things take a sinister turn as a young version of our protagonist Adelaide (Madison Curry) wonders off to witness something which will be weaved throughout the narrative.
What happens on that boardwalk informs the paranoia and dread of the grown-up Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) when she returns to Santa Cruz with her family years later.
This paranoia is correctly placed when, what we become to know as the tethered, appear on the Wilson family’s drive way holding hands in red jumpsuits.
It is from here that Peele jumps straight to 11 and the story is accelerated at break neck speed, but what the director does cleverly as not to miss out any of the details – even if you need to look very carefully for some of them.
What starts as a home invasion movie quickly escalates into something much grander as Nyong’o along with her fellow cast members Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex battle against their evil selves.
As things get weirder Peele’s former life as a comedian peeks its head to break the tension, but what he also does is world build in such an incredible way, as with every minute the film continues a little bit more is revealed to the viewer.
The use of music is also something that really adds another dimension to Peele’s world, whether it is the use of NWA’s “fuck the Police” or the creepy reimagining of “I’ve Got 5 on It” they all add to the narrative vehicle.
For all of Peele’s directorial brilliance, it is a masterclass performance from Nyong’o as Adelaide and her evil counter part Red that make this movie so enticing to watch, it is subtle nuances that she displays which have the viewer asking questions trying to figure out what is going on.
One thing is for certain, Us showcases that Get Out was not a fluke and that Peele is most certainly leading the way in a new generation of horror directors.