Jordan Peele’s upcoming film Us has been met with almost unanimous applause online after premiering at South By Southwest festival. The film – Peele’s first since the Oscar-nominated Get Out – follows two parents, played by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, and their two children on summer holiday. However, they are soon menaced by four doppelgängers who have horrible intentions for the family. Speaking about the film following the screening, Peele said their was political commentary to be drawn from the film. “On the broader strokes of things, this movie is about this country,” he told the audience, according to EW.
“When I decided to write this movie I was stricken by the fact that we’re in a time where we fear The Other — whether it’s the mysterious invader we think is going to come and k-ill us or take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near that voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. I wanted to suggest maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil is us.”
On Twitter, those who were lucky enough to be at the screening were full of praise, with one person even calling the film a “horror masterpiece”.
Another compared the film to Get Out: “Less political and ‘important’ as Get Out. More interesting, gripping, and daring.”
Jordan Peele's "Us" is a horror masterpiece. We are witnessing the birth of our modern day Hitchcock. 20 years from now we will ask one another what our favorite Peele film is & you will get 10/12 different answers. Incredible performance from Lupita Nyong'o! #UsMovie #UsFirst pic.twitter.com/vvHunYqSxd
— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) March 9, 2019
Jordan Peele’s #Us is absolutely nuts! Deliriously horrific, incredibly inventive, it has elements of the home invasion & zombie movies, but it is unlike anything I have ever seen. Wildly captivating from start to finish. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/vATBSUhD7e
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 9, 2019
US: no surprise, @JordanPeele has crafted another incredible horror / comedy with a timely social message (and film references!) Creepy images, fantastic cast, surprising moments, perfect music placements. What a brilliant filmmaker???✂️ #SXSW19 pic.twitter.com/aLglUvuVLe
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) March 9, 2019
#SXSW: @JordanPeele’s #USmovie frays your nerves with exacting precision, ambitious original ideas, and moments that will traumatize (in… the best way, as great genre films do?) a whole generation of youngs who sneak in to see it. ✂️ Also: Lupita. Is. INCREDIBLE. pic.twitter.com/bdM5EwI0bW
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) March 9, 2019
Can honestly say I've never seen anything like @JordanPeele's 'Us'. It's incredibly violent, filled with stuff I didn't expect to happen, and completely original. Crowd was freaking out a few times. If you expected another 'Get Out' this isn't it. Shows Peele has a lot to say. pic.twitter.com/pOSx8yqieX
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 9, 2019
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