As I look forward to the next years Oscars, remembering the winner for Best Original Screenplay , as a Christmas present, Jordan Peele and his crew gave us the trailer for US.
Us is an upcoming American horror film written, produced, and directed by Jordan Peele under the Monkeypaw Productions banner. It stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Anna Diop. Jason Blum also produces the film under his Blumhouse Productions banner. The film is scheduled to be released on March 15, 2019, by Universal Pictures.
What is it about comedians being so good at drama? Or in this case, horror? Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are a power duo in comedy. Their skits are out of this world, hilarious yet also discussing heavy topics at times. For example, racism and abusive relationships. Topics that were wonderfully adapted for the big screen in Peele’s directorial debut Get Out. A movie that people are still talking about. A movie considered one of the best releases of the year 2017. It combined a very real situation that is taking place in the US with a fantastical horror setting. The idea that in a very twisted way of acceptance, rich white people kidnapped black people and took over their bodies. Racism has come a long way from back in the day, but USA as a country does reel from the aftermath of this horrific aspect of her history still. Get Out instigated a lot of heated discussion on present day racism. A fair number of people hated it and said it gave a very one sided discussion of the issue and reduced it to comedy. But the politics aside, I thought it was a brilliant movie. It combined horror with a political issue. I thought it was smart. Yes, its a touchy subject, but a great idea for a scary movie still. And with that, as the excitement around Get Out numbs down a bit after a year, we get the trailer for Us.
Its been on trending for a while, so I am going to assume its a popular trailer. Featuring the song – I Got 5 on it – by the hip hop duo Luniz, we get the chilling introduction to this movie. I am not American, so a lot of cultural cues are lost on me, but from the comments I gather its a popular song and people are stoked to see it being used in a horror movie. Gabe and Adelaide take their kids to a beach house for vacation with their friends. But their fun holiday turns into a nightmare as they are visited by a family that looks just like them. Is the trailer a bit jump scarish? Yes. Will this movie possibly discuss family dynamics more than politics? Seems like it. Does the cast looks freaking amazing? You bet it does.
Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke team up again after working together in Black Panther, though they hardly shared a scene or two in the latter. We also have Elizabeth Moss from The Handmaid’s Tale fame. Thats about the actors I recognize (sorry about that) . But I am super stoked for this movie. It looks like it would have a bit of family drama, judging from the gravitas (or lack there of) of Get Out. With strong actors and Jordan Peele at the helm, I am hoping that this isnt a simple The Purge or The Strangers -esque movie. Where in a family is trapped inside a house with intruders simply trying to kill them without much motive but blood lust. Sean Mckittrick and Jason Blum also act as producers with Peele. So all fans have a high expectation from this movie. Heres to hoping this is another contender in the hall of fame of good horror movies.
What did you think about the trailer? What were your issues with Get Out? Did you think Key and Peele sometimes went too far for comedy? Is it wrong to censor comedy and make it political? Do you also think Winston Duke is a gift to the movie industry? Let me know.
Until next time.