After seeing rave reviews for the movie, and after enjoying Peele's movie "Get Out" a few years ago, I jumped at the chance to go see "Us" a week ago. To give you some context, please check out the movie trailer below.
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Adelaide visits her childhood home along with her husband and two children. Haunted with a traumatic childhood memory of seeing her doppelgänger inside of a funhouse after walking away from her parents during a night at the boardwalk, she is fearful of seeing the girl again.
Her worst nightmare comes true after her son sees a family of four standing in the driveway late at night. After calling the police, the family is confronted face to face with their own copies, who are out to kill them.
The family spends the night running from their shadows and protecting one another while the world around them goes insane.
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HERE'S WHAT I TOOK AWAY
I haven't really consulted any reviews or interpretations of Peele's latest film. But here's what I took away from it:
LESSONS I THINK WERE BEING TAUGHT
1. FAMILIAL ROLES
There is a lot of pressure on men to be the "knight in shining armor" who will protect and be this confident macho man. While the father of the group did a lot to protect his family, he wasn't the real fighter of the movie. It was Adelaide.
2. OUR OWN WORST ENEMY
We have good and evil, represented by the people who live in the light and the people who live underground in darkness. At the end, we find out that Adelaide is really the original shadow. It is revealed that she switched with the real girl all those years ago. Darkness won, but good became evil when it was subjected to the things that were feeding it.
3. POLITICAL THEMES/GOING ABOUT THINGS THE WRONG WAY
During this film, the shadows kill their owners and then form a giant wall around the world holding hands. While this is normally a symbol of peace and unity, that wasn't the case in the movie. I saw comparisons here between Trump's proposed wall. The shadows were all united and likely felt joy that they were free, but they went about it the wrong way by killing millions of people.
4. EVERYTHING IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS/PERCEPTIONS
The other shadows can't speak. They just make incoherent noises. The "shadow" Adelaide can speak, but she has a creepy brokenness to her voice. At the end, we find out why. She was choked by shadow Adelaide, which may have crushed her windpipe during her developmental years. And, while we were scared and sad for Adelaide the entire film, it turns out she did a terrible thing and actually kidnapped a girl. We are supposed to think she is good, but it turns out that she is bad.
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