Updated: Mar 29, 2019
*No spoilers...I think*
Jordan Peele’s “Us” film hit the box office on March 22nd 2019 and they’re have been many mixed reviews all over my timeline. Some love it, some don’t, some claim they just don’t get it.
Quick summary if you don’t know what the film is about: “Us” is about a family who returns to the wife’s beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) becomes concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her fears become real when four masked strangers come to their house and the family finds out that each attacker looks exactly like them.
I’ll be honest, I don’t remember if I paid any attention to the trailer before heading to see it. The only thing I knew was that it was written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele who also created “Get Out” which was phenomenal so I had high expectations and I knew it was going to be a box office success.
Where do you go when you need the tea? I enjoy heading over to Twitter, which is exactly what I did last week and I noticed that #Usmovietrash was trending (I don’t see the hashtag anymore). As someone who loved the movie and saw it twice (the only time I ever saw the same movie twice in theatres) I was hurt... but I get it. I get the reason why you might dislike it. I can name tons of blockbusters you love that I hate. Two examples are “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Dr.Seuss The Grinch (2018)” - they were both okay. Don’t get me wrong, I also love other blockbuster films like “The Incredibles” “Black Panther,” “Titantic,” and “Spiderman.” I also have a long list of blockbusters I haven’t seen and probably won’t because I know not to waste my time and watch. Sorry not sorry.
But at the end of the day, you have to enter the “Us” film knowing that it’s the combination between an experimental film and made for blockbuster purposes. You also shouldn’t compare it to “Get Out” as Jordan Peele has many more tricks up his sleeve.
Here are some of the responses I received:
“Loved it but I feel like a lot of people won’t get it.”
“The lil boy got swapped.”
“Movie wasn’t great, but I loved it because it was different.”
“Good slow burn, shot really well, every set looks incredible. Not as cathartic as ‘Get Out’.”
You might be wondering so is it worth a watch? If you’re into thrillers… YES. If you’re intro blockbusters...YES. If you want to support Jordan Peele...YES. If you want to support a black cast in multiple leading roles then...YES. You should go see it and make your own judgements before society make that judgement for you.
Earlier today, I read an article on SYFY wire that Jordan Peele has intentions for an “Us” sequel following the “Us-Verse” but Lupita Nyong’o won’t be in it. I knew it ended with the ability with a part two! If you saw the film… I think we all do.
So what do I mean by a box office success? What defines a good film vs a blockbuster? Tune in to Colored Lens Podcast next week to find out on Episode 3: The Reasons Why A Blockbuster film is a “success.”