Jordan Peel's work sits on his chest and stays there for a while after leaving the theater. This was true for his Oscar-winning "Get Out", but perhaps even more with his later follow-up, "Us."
Do not understand the confused. "Us" is not "Get Out." The latter reminded the audience of the ever-present risk of liberal white racism, while the new movie shines a mirror up to – well-us. All of us. In a tweet on Sunday before the nationwide release, Peele clarified that "Us" is " a horror movie ." It's not too weak in the heart. It is very much a social thriller, but it also scares the shit out of you.
The film, which premieres on March 22, the stars Lupita Nyong & # 39; o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. It follows a family when they visit their vacation home close to where Nyong & # 39; s character Adelaide Wilson met his baptismal gangster, Red, as a child. She is reunited with Red and finds that the whole family – and everyone else – has an underground twin. They are forced to literally face themselves. It's a mindfuck, it's you.
"Man is born of a lot of duality," Peele told HuffPost in a telephone interview. " Our negative aspects, we tend not to face and handle because they are unpleasant, but it includes our fear and our guilt."
In talks with Tananarive Due, a UCLA lecturer and the executive producer of documentary "Horror Noire", Peele revealed the idea for this movie based on his own fear that originated from a daydream.
"I used to go down the subway in New York, go under the subway to go to the other side of the subway late at night, and no one else is on the platform and looking over and thinking," What if I saw myself to go in where I had just gone? "And it shook me to my core."
Inspired by America, he said at the South East premiere "Us" exploring what happens when the enemy is closer than you think. Plot makes you paranoid and introspective at the same time. This country will do it for you anyway.
"I think this movie is in any version of" us against them, "Peele told HuffPost." If we talk about the level of your family against the family across the street, your race against another race, your socio-economic class against another, or the idea that we are Americans against the rest of the world. I think we are conditioned to point their finger at them. "This movie says we have to point our finger at ourselves, with us. We are often our own worst enemy. No matter what aspects we are talking about."
As intended, "Us" takes up different meanings from different angles. It reflects a duality Peele knows very well. With their roots in comedy, some people reprimanded their heads when they heard half of "Key & Peele" took their talents to horror genre. But both his great screen-directing efforts master powerful comedy with gore and excitement. It's all very intentional.
What was not intentional, said the filmmaker, is the racial commentary in and around the film. It was more intuitive. Throwing a dark-skinned family to the star in an uneven horror, deciphering a hood classic like Luniz's "I Got 5 on It" as a hunting song and giving priority to black journalists, celebrities and influencers at the first intersections are all immense. Yet we are here. Add to that he gave Howard University a node and hosted a screening with cast at the historic black institution.
"Us" is perhaps not a black movie, but it is black as hell in the first place.
Exceeding the fact that Peele threw Nyong & # 39; o, which he praises as "one of our biggest players" in his first leading role. And her performance is perfect chilling. "Us" would be a completely different film without the Academy Award winner's achievement, which should be honored as nothing iconic.
"I love the fact that we are allowed to take a single artist and see two of her in the film," said Peele to HuffPost. "In addition, two actors can play a role, and the number of feelings that Lupita can. That and the choice to make [her the lead] was certainly not a choice for me. "
It still regrets Peele that, although Hollywood has made progress, it has neglected to open the right opportunity for Nyong to play a leading lady, and it still says a lot about how far we still have to go.
] "[She’s] A complete star, someone who has proven himself time after time," he said. "This was her first granted. I am sure she has been offered and became much lower – but the truth is that we are still at the beginning of a representative representation in this industry. "
But Peele, who is also working on a" Twilight Zone "reboot and "Candyman 2" is at a point where he recognizes the power he uses in the fight for true inclusion.
"I'm glad I'm on a point where they let me put this black family in a horror movie," he said . "That for me is an opportunity … that just helps me create something out of the box."
So far, black stories, intentional or not, have been in the center of Peel's films. The same movies that match over 95 percent on rat tomatoes before the world sees them challenge how we talk about problems that affect us and leave us running to look at them over and over again to see what we missed the first few times. 19659002] While looking at Jordan Peel's star dawn, he makes sure we know he sees us.