Jordan Peele’s “Us” proves his writing chops once again

Amir Guyton, Reporter

In the second thriller since his “Get Out” debut, director Jordan Peele takes viewers on a wild ride in his new horror film titled “Us”.

The film features cast members, Winston Duke, and the wonderful Lupita Nyong’o.

Peele told Los Angeles Times, “Us” was inspired by the division and xenophobia he observed in post-election America.

“The feeling that we all feel we are the good guy in our own story prevents us from facing our demons,” Said Peele.

In the film, the audience is introduced to the main character Adelaide Wilson, played by Nyong’o, who in adulthood, is haunted by a traumatic experience she had on the beach which her and her family eventually return to on a family trip.

While on the trip, Wilson is constantly overcome by a feeling of anxiety that something terrible is going to happen to her and her family.

To her unfortunate surprise, her fear becomes reality when in the middle of the night, they are met at their vacation lake house by a group of masked strangers in orange jumpsuits. 

The strangers put the families lives in danger by constantly forcing them to fight for survival. 

The family members realize the worst is yet to come as each stranger removes their mask to reveal that each of them is a doppelgänger resembling each member of the family.

The film “Us” fits the definition of a horror film. However, it has much more to offer to the audience than the typical gushing of blood, which it also provides. Instead, Peele adds touches of various issues within the undertone of the film.

With one record-breaking film already under his belt, “Us” reveals Peele is a director in a lane of his own.

In an industry lacking people of color, Peele gives the film world new life by flipping the horror film. 

Peele floods them with subtle past and present themes of social issues that are interesting and modern, breathing new life into a genre like horror that was bent on the same use of mediocre tricks.

The film also gives filmgoers a chance to see a more inclusive casting in a horror film, something that was very uncommon, having the main cast of horror film be black.

“The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family.’ And they say yes,” Peele told The Hollywood Reporter.

 As for the film “Us,” it takes viewers on a psychological horror experience that makes viewers think as much as it makes them scared.