This weekend I went to go see the movie Us by Jordan Peele. Let me just start off by saying, I actually shed a single tear in the theater. I haven’t seen a movie that beautiful, that well done, that just blatantly amazing in so long. It was the kind of movie that I could walk out and buy another ticket for the very next showing. The only other movie I’ve seen where I reacted the way I did to Us was Ex Machina, which is one of my favorite movies of all time.
I want to talk about the controversy around Lupita Nyong’o’s acting for a moment also, because I find it kind of ridiculous that she had to publicly apologize. When discussing her inspiration behind the character Red, she said, “I was inspired by a condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia, which is a neurological disorder, which can be triggered by physical and emotional trauma.” This is when people decided that they had a problem with actors respectfully (key word, respectfully) portraying disabilities, apparently. All I have to really say is that white men like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hanks, and Leonardo DiCaprio can win Oscars for these kinds of performances, but once a black woman does it better, its controversial and I think that’s screwed up.
One thing that I noticed after watching the film (thanks to Twitter) was that Peele copied a scene from The Shining. When I tell you I yelled, I yelled when I realized. The scene where the twins’ tethered counterparts are laying on the ground resembles the scene exactly where the young twin girls are shown slaughtered in the hallway with the axe. To me that is just… so cool.
Something that I really enjoy about Jordan Peele movies is that he has a comedic character set this sort of comical tone for the film, which constantly has the audience laughing. Even when moments are supposed to be serious. He leaves this impression through his dialogue and direction that during moments that are highly intense, something funny is about to happen. The scene where Adelaide finally kills Red, the audience behind me was laughing, waiting for Red to say something that would make them laugh. They were already laughing in anticipation of it. I never saw Get Out in theaters, but my friend told me it was the same audience experience with that Jordan Peele film as well.
I think that when going to see Us, a lot of people overthink the movie. They’re analyzing everything the first time they’re watching it, and the best thing to do, I find especially when it comes to horror films and thrillers, is to simply watch. Take it in. Don’t overthink it.